With just a few days left before the cars take to the track, BIC
officials claim that ticket sales have accelerated to the point where take-up has exceeded the 2012 event, which took place amid reports of a heavy-handed crackdown on pockets of unrest.
Bernie Ecclestone has repeatedly claimed that he has no problems taking F1 back to the Gulf state [ see separate story
], which pays handsomely for the right to stage a round of the world championship.
Meanwhile, opposition to the event outside of Bahrain continues apace, with an all-party political group in the UK still calling for the 2013 race to be cancelled. MP Andy Slaughter and Lord Avebury will hold a press conference on Tuesday (16 April) to express their concerns about the grand prix going ahead. Under the banner 'F1: Driving Over the Rights of the Bahraini People', they will claims that, while Bahrain descends deeper into a political crisis, any remaining human rights are being trampled by F1 continued presence in the country, with Bahrainis being 'killed, tortured and detained' after protesting.