23 April 2012
When Formula One drivers performed their usual parade around the circuit on the back of a flatbed truck ahead of Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, they waved at rows of empty seats.
Few inside the Formula One bubble had any contact with the demonstrations in villages around the capital in which protesters hurled Molotov cocktails and police fired teargas and birdshot in nightly clashes.
17 April 2012
Human rights abuses are still going on in Bahrain leading to calls for this weekend’s Grand Prix to be cancelled, Amnesty International has said.
The campaign group has said security forces are still using excessive and unnecessary force against anti-government protesters.
10 Feb 2012
Two severed fingers of a British businessman are obstacle to the F1 race.
If you are considering attending the 2012 Bahrain GP on 14 April, beware, the race is once again in doubt. In the last few days, a British businessman was attacked by a mob in the northern part of the Gulf state and two of his fingers were severed. He was later transferred to a local hospital, but the incident might spill over and threaten the existence of this year’s Bahrain GP.This weekend Bahrainis will commemorate the first anniversary of the uprising in their state.
That, although defeated by the authorities with the help of the neighboring Saudi Arabia army forces, caused the cancellation of last year’s F1 race. However Bernie Ecclestone, the F1 boss who tried and failed to reschedule the race for a later date in the previous season, was adamant all year long that the 2012 race will be held as planned.The attack on the British businessman flashed red lights in offices of the Grand Prix teams. All of them employ British workforce that makes up most of the Grand Prix team’s staff and other functions in the production and broadcasting of the race.
ll those people will be exposed to life, or at least, finger severance, if they go to Bahrain. Those staff members will find assistance from seven British peers who published an open letter in The Times, calling for the cancellation of the race.
“We note with concern the decision by Formula One to go ahead with the race in Bahrain scheduled for April,” the letter said. “The continued political crisis in Bahrain is a troubling source of instability in the Gulf region, and the lack of any move towards political reconciliation concerns those who wish to see Bahrain move in the direction of greater democratic accountability.”
8 Oct 2011
Formula 1’s return to Bahrain in 2012 is being called into question following continuing unrest in the country.