Hill: Racing in Bahrain ‘Could create more problems than it solves’

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Bahrain International Circuit, 2004In the round-up: Damon Hill raises concerns over F1 racing in Bahrain.


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Damon Hill voices fresh concern over staging Bahrain Grand Prix (The Guardian)

“It would be a bad state of affairs, and bad for Formula One, to be seen to be enforcing martial law in order to hold the race. That is not what this sport should be about. Looking at it today you’d have to say that [the race] could be creating more problems than it’s solving.”

Vettel does not regret Karthikeyan outburst (The Telegraph)

“Sometimes you let some emotion show, and I don’t think someone should be ashamed about that.”

Mark Webber on F1’s balancing act (BBC)

“There are one or two guys on the grid who are slightly freer spirits, though – Jenson Button, for example, likes being in Japan and Hawaii so he uses the opportunity of the long-haul races to go out there when he can.”

Romain Grosjean: “I hope we can achieve the good result we are capable of” (Lotus)

“The first two races were tough and we didn?t get a result. On the other hand I know that we can do some great things in the future races. My season starts properly in China.”

Williams via Twitter

“With Frank’s 70th birthday fast approaching (16th April) we are giving our fans the opportunity to send in their birthday messages! Tell us your favourite Williams memory, why Frank is an inspiration to you or simply say happy birthday! Email: fanvideos@williamsf1.com

Sergio Perez introduces his F1 team (F1 Fanatic via YouTube)

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Plutoniumhunter on Ferrari’s bizarre rear wing from 30 years ago:

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On this day in F1

Nigel Mansell extended his advantage in the 1992 drivers’ championship with his third win out of three in Brazil.

McLaren brought forward the introduction of their new car in a bid to halt Williams’ dominant start to the season but it was no use: Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger were out within 17 laps.

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95 comments on Hill: Racing in Bahrain ‘Could create more problems than it solves’

  1. budchekov (@budchekov) said on 6th April 2012, 3:03

    Well now the anti Sunni regime (Bernie’s pals) protests are increasing.
    To go there would be huge mistake, not worth the risk to life, limb and equipment, Bahrain’s in turmoil and bad things can happen.

  2. Palle (@palle) said on 9th April 2012, 18:09

    @infy: I think Your attitude is an insult to all the people who have fought and lots of which died to secure the freedom and economic growth some of the world’s people are enjoying. I’m very respectful to the memories of all the people who fought to secure a democratic victory in WWII. I agree that our freedom and freedom of speech can still be improved, but we just have to fight on. Also to honour those people I think we should all be much more consequent against all kinds of non-democratic rulers, and I don’t believe that it is long term beneficial to support a tyrant ruler because of fear of the opposition, i.e. if they are mostly religious or something else. Some of the worst ultra communist or religious totalitarian regimes has come after a period of the free world too long supporting a western oriented totalitarian regime.
    Because of this I think I vote for a boycott of the race – I mean if all the fans denies the race – don’t watch it, don’t comment it, pretend it doesn’t exist, then FIA and Bernie has to react.

    • infy (@infy) said on 9th April 2012, 18:31

      Its a sad day when protesters are shot at by other “activists” for democracy. A democracy that will not serve the interests of its own people, but instead the UK and USA.

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