Kimi Raikkonen has dismissed concerns about this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, despite ongoing unrest in the Gulf State.
Last night four members of the Force India F1 team were caught up in the protests with a firebomb landing near the car they were travelling in [see separate story - HERE
]. However while that was enough for two members of the Silverstone-based team – one involved in the incident - to ask to return home, Kimi was typically chilled.
“Bahrain? I have no issues with anything - it's the same as it was last [time] I was here. Everybody is racing and I am okay with it,” he told reporters today in the build-up to Sunday's race. “For me, it is just like any other race weekend. Nothing has really changed. I'm fine about the security.”
Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta meanwhile were more concerned, with the latter describing it as an 'uncomfortable situation'.
“It is obviously not right that this sort of thing happens. We are here to race,” Hulkenberg continued. “The F1 business is about entertainment and these sort of things should not really be happening to us. Whether it is right or not, I don't really know. It is difficult to say. I am not a politician, I am a F1 driver. But it shouldn't really be happening should it? It is not good we have to worry about it.
“But that is the way it is now. Let's see and hope that the rest of the weekend is good and calm.”
Other drivers in the paddock were less communicative on the matter, with Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button, for example, both refusing to comment.
“If you don't mind, I don't really want to get involved. I'd just like to say I don't want to mix the sport with political things. I'm here for the sport,” Schumacher stated.
Button added: “I'm not going to get into the details of it. You are here interviewing me as a driver and that is exactly what I am going to talk about - motor racing.
“The outside issues, I'm not going to talk about, because it's not what I'm here to do,” he concluded.