Should the Bahrain Grand Prix be held in 2011?

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Start, Bahrain Grand Prix, 2010

Start, Bahrain Grand Prix, 2010

The Bahrain Motor Federation has until tomorrow to tell the FIA whether the Bahrain Grand Prix can take place this year.

The race was supposed to open the season on March 13th but was postponed after anti-government protests were violently suppressed.

There has already been much debate here over whether the race should go ahead. Cast your vote here and we’ll find out what the majority of F1 Fanatic readers think.

For

Bernie Ecclestone has pressed the case for holding a race in Bahrain as soon as possible:

“Formula One must never be political ?ǣ full stop. My job is it to do the best deals possible for Formula One ?ǣ to secure jobs. Five thousand people have jobs which are directly or indirectly connected to Formula One, and I want to secure these jobs.

“It is not my business to make politics. We have politicians for that.”

Ecclestone has said the organisers could be given more time to decide if the race should go ahead:

Against

The Bahraini government has poured money into the Bahrain International Circuit. Holding a race there now would be a political act, giving a clear sign of support to the country’s ruling family.

In the weeks since the cancellation of the race details of human rights violations have emerged. The British Foreign Office advises against travelling to the country on safety grounds.

More details on the situation in Bahrain at present can be found here:

I say

Before the race was postponed I argued that it should be cancelled, and my view remains the same:

You say

Should the Bahrain Grand Prix be held this year? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

Should the Bahrain Grand Prix be held in 2011?

  • Yes (23%)
  • No (75%)
  • No opinion (2%)

Total Voters: 404

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130 comments on Should the Bahrain Grand Prix be held in 2011?

  1. Chris said on 1st May 2011, 17:20

    The Bahrain government has shown it’s true colours to the world, there is no way F1 should go there whilst the current regime persists. They have arrested doctors and other medical staff who treated injured protesters and are threatening them with the death penalty – http://english.aljazeera.net/video/middleeast/2011/05/201151145514937193.html

  2. marsht (@marsht) said on 1st May 2011, 17:32

    NO to this despicable race!!!

  3. skodarap (@skodarap) said on 2nd May 2011, 8:35

    Voted “yes”.

    Sports should stay out of politics and politics should stay out of sports.

  4. Izzy said on 2nd May 2011, 21:30

    I believe Bernie has persuaded the FIA that the only reason Bahrain isn’t able to say ‘yes’ at the moment is because fans would abandon F1 in their thousands and the race would be boycotted. He wants to wait until Bahrain has faded from the public eye again, so they can get away with hosting the race without people leaving F1.

  5. Dull track, unstable political situation, some fear perhaps. Voted no.

  6. Chris Goldsmith said on 19th May 2011, 11:01

    I’ve not missed a race in over ten years, but if Bahrain go ahead I certainly won’t be watching. It’s easy to say that sport and politics should stay separate, but when the race itself is paid for by the Crown Prince (a man directly linked with the murder of protestors and the silencing of the media) it’s impossible to do that. In this situation, the race is a political thing. The only way to keep politics out of it, is to refuse to hold the race.

  7. There’s a Facebook campaign for this now too – become one of the Fans Against the Bahrain Grand Prix here: http://facebook.com/fabgp

    Keith – will you be joining other F1 blogs and boycotting coverage of the Bahrain GP should it actually go ahead?

  8. sid_prasher (@) said on 6th June 2011, 19:33

    Voted No
    – because it has missed the deadline and it messes up rest of the season.
    Still maintain that FIA is not a political organization – any pressure that needs to be put on Bahrain Govt has to come from the governments of other countries or the UN. If no govt has officially broken ties with Bahrain, its unreasonable to expect FIA to do so (it anyways has no influence in these matters).

  9. Bahrain Wants F1 (@bahrain-wants-f1) said on 7th June 2011, 8:51

    I am sorry to say that a have read a lot of well whishing but ill-informed comments on why it should be shut down. The country has been a victim of clever Iranian backed plot that hides behind legitimate calls for reforms, but usurps them in favor of installing a surrogate regime to Iran.

    Nevertheless, the government has lifted the martial law early, and King personally made a clear call for national dialogue with a genuine effort to deliver reforms and living condtion improvements. The opposition have welcomed this and GP reinstatemment. Yet people continue to shoot down this race and our nation.

    Let me ask; did they shut down Silverstone when the London riots occurred earlier this year? There were deaths, teargas and arrests? Yet, the UK was viewed as country that had every right to look after law and order. Be fair and hold us to the same standard.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 7th June 2011, 10:39

      Please Mr/Mrs or whatever.

      If you want to write espionage novels on Iran plots to take over your country (if you indeed are from Bahrain) do it on your own forum or blog.
      Your government, nor any other source has given whatsoever report/investigation let alone evidence that Iran was doing any such thing or that they even were in a position to do so.

      It is perfectly understandable if you have not noted, but Iran faced protests remarkably similar to those in Bahrain very recently. Sadly they reacted just about the same way your government did, and were rightly condemned for it. Possibly by Bahrain as well.

  10. Hell Yeah

  11. luis-albert said on 7th June 2011, 12:06

    I say YES, briefly guys look @ the previous years. Bahrain has hosted the event with great sucess, myself been there twice and I am very positive it will be great this year too. Go go Bahrain F1

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