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POLL: Should the Bahrain GP go ahead in 2012?

The talking heads say there is nothing to worry about, but further outbreaks of violence continue to cast doubt over a return to Sakhir....
After last year's event was postponed, reinstated and then cancelled for good, few expected Bahrain to feature on the 2012 F1 calendar.

When it did, questions were again raised about the viablility of the race actually taking place, given that the unrest that unsettled the F1 fraternity in 2011 continued to exist, albeit replaced in global news headlines by the eruption of anti-government protests, and subsequent retaliation, in Syria.

Last week's tete-a-tete between Bernie Ecclestone, team bosses, Pirelli and representatives of the Bahrain International Circuit produced the expected platitudes about safety and commitment to a country that took a risk by joining the F1 circus back in 2004, but only appeared to inflame the disquiet, not only in the capital Manama, but also in outlying villages, resulting in the death of a young protestor.

While the decision at the moment appears to be to continue with the race, the teams are understood to be forming contingency plans lest Bahrain be cancelled as late as during the preceding Chinese GP, prompting the question as to whether all are behind the return to Sakhir.

What do you think? This is your opportunity to have your say - cast your vote HERE, and feel free to leave a comment if your opinion is that strong....

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Bryan G - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 3:48 PM

Under no circumstances should this race go ahead - it will be a focal point for demonstrations which may result in deaths or injuries.Nobody should die to enhance Bernies bank balance.

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