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Ecclestone not concerned about Bahrain

Bernie Ecclestone says he isn't worried that the Bahrain Grand Prix could be hit by protests
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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reem - Unregistered

April 07, 2013 9:05 AM

cont.. Last year it was the GRID with "Do you think F1 should race in Bahrain?" In the process and despite three races prior to the Bahrain F1 they did not launch "Do you think F1 should race in Australia(In a wealthy and prosperous nation, aboriginal people live in third world conditions), or Malaysia(where people are arrested for protesting electoral reform) or China(where artists are arrested and activists dissapear)" And lets not forget the land of the free and Americas deplorable human rights records. So ask yourself, are you going to cancel the F1 altogether? Bahrain has been through enough and this constant hypocritical approach to just Bahrain is completely unjustified.

Reem - Unregistered

April 07, 2013 8:57 AM

Every year it seems Bahrain is the prime target of such discussions based once again on the bias mass media and Human rights orgs that have the same members in each and everyone of their organisations especially when you look at the representatives of the Middle East. The NGO's have become a monopoly for these representatives that only provide their side of news and views without any interest in anyone else that opposes them. It seems we live in an era where people are spoon fed and believe all that they read without looking at both sides and without actually researching the names in each of these organisations that disseminate information. Go and look up the NGO's and look at the General Secretary names or board members and you will find same names pop up with their own bias one sided political not really human rights agenda. Last year it was the GRID with "Do you think F1 should race in Bahrain". In the process and despite races prior to the Bahrain F1 they did not launch "Do you t



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