Bernie Ecclestone says he has no concerns that anti-government protestors will decide to target the Bahrain Grand Prix later this month.

The event went ahead amidst tight security last year having been dropped from the schedule in 2011 due to violent clashes between protestors and government forces.

While demonstrations against the government are ongoing in the Gulf State, Ecclestone said he didn't expect it to have any bearing on the 2013 running of the race, which is due to take place on 21 April.

"I haven't had any negative reports from anybody there," he told Reuters. "Somebody who actually lives there came to see me yesterday and said everything's very normal.

"I think they (both sides) are talking now anyway, so I don't think they'll upset the talks by making protests. It didn't help them last year, so if they had any brains they'd just get on with their talks."

Insisting that there were 'no concerns, none at all' about direct protests being made against the race, Ecclestone also stated his belief that Bahrain had a long-term future in F1 despite the troubles there have been in recent years.

"Yes, yes, absolutely," he said. "Everything that is there is as far as we are concerned good. They do a very, very good job of the race, the whole support from the top is good. No problems."


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