F1 »

Hill: F1 can return to Bahrain this year

Damon Hill says F1 can head back to Bahrain with a clear conscience in 2012
Former F1 champion Damon Hill has said he is in favour of the return of the Bahrain Grand Prix later this year, despite the fact that civil unrest continues in the Gulf state.

The 2011 race, which was due to act as the season opener, was cancelled because of the unrest but was then reinstated on the calendar for this year despite some opposition from human rights groups who have called on teams and drivers to boycott the event.

However, with the Bahrain International Circuit having recently offered to reinstate workers who were dismissed for taking part in the protests last year, plans are moving ahead for the race's return to the schedule and Hill said the time was right for F1 to head to the Gulf nation again – even if more should have been said about the situation last year.

"I do not like seeing people shot and brutalised," Hill, who recently visited Bahrain with FIA president Jean Todt, told The Times. "I was frustrated last year that Formula One did not raise its voice against what was happening. But a lot has changed there since then.

"It is clear that the situation in Bahrain is better understood and I don't think anyone would want to go back to Bahrain if there was suffering just because of a grand prix. I listened to a lot of people there, including eye-witnesses. I believe they are making change for the better. There is no question they have issues, but every country has issues; we had riots here in the UK not so long ago.

"This time, Formula One can go to Bahrain with a clear conscience and not just as a tool for some sort of cover-up."

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
10.07.2011- Demon Hill (GBR), Ex F1 Champion
26.11.2015 - Sir Jackie Stewart (GBR) and Graeme Lowdon (GBR) President of Marussia Virgin Racing
26.11.2015 -  Red Bull Racing RB11, detail
26.11.2015 - Mercedes AMG F1 W06, detail
26.11.2015 - Mercedes AMG F1 W06, detail
26.11.2015 - Mercedes` Steering wheel
26.11.2015 - Mercedes AMG F1 W06, detail
26.11.2015 - Pit lane walk
26.11.2015 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
26.11.2015 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
26.11.2015 - Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Red Bull Racing RB11
26.11.2015 - Paddock
26.11.2015 - Paddock
26.11.2015 - Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
26.11.2015 - Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
26.11.2015 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.11.2015 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.11.2015 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

RD350LC - Unregistered

January 18, 2012 2:40 PM

Hes already talking like a long standing $ly (Murdoch) employee Just saying what his paymasters tell him to Another person I now have 0 respect for due to taking tainted money

Pingleyom - Unregistered

January 18, 2012 2:06 PM

What about the doctors and medical personnel imprisoned for treating casualties from the riots? We cannot race without proper medical backup, and we owe it to these guys. After all doctors are doctors aren't they

© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group | Built by Accelerate Agency

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.