Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

Bahrain opposition movement issues F1 warning

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bahrain International Circuit, 2004In the round-up: Bahrain’s February 14th Youth Coalition says it cannot “ensure the safety” of F1 participants during the forthcoming race weekend.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Bahrain youth group targets Formula 1 (FT, registration required)

“The February 14th Youth Coalition, an online organising body for anti-regime protests, said it would not be able to ??ensure the safety?? of Formula 1 participants amid popular anger that would be triggered by the race going ahead.”

Mark Gallagher via Twitter

“The single (daft) protester who interrupted yesterday’s Boat Race makes you realise what several determined activists could achieve in Bahrain.”

Cartoon ?ǣ King Hamad, Bernie Ecclestone and F1 in Bahrain (Latuff Cartoons)

Another view on the Bahrain situation.

Ten alternatives to watching F1 highlights (Motorsport Musings)

“I don’t know about you, but I would rather spend my money on going to a circuit to see racing in the flesh – while inhaling the smell of burnt rubber and topping up my vitamin D levels – than I would on an expensive subscription to Sky.”

What?s the fuss over Sky?s Formula One rights deal? (Mancunian Matters)

“Whilst events on the track have been a cause for celebration for British fans, for many of the viewers at home it has been a cause for commiseration as they saw another of the jewels of live terrestrial sport begin to slip away.”

HRT asks FIA to probe Caterham (ESPN)

HRT has put the complaint in motion since it could stand to gain an estimated $26m in prize money by taking over Caterham’s championship position if the team is retrospectively removed from the standings.”

Comment of the day

Molino recalls hearing Gilles Villeneuve had died:

There is one thing I remember very well in 82, is the radio flying across the living room because of one my uncle who had heard enough when it said “the number 27 driver Gilles Villeneuve has been ejected of his cockpit and is laying unconsciously on the other side of the track after being involved in a crash with the car number 17”.

Both of my uncles got into F1 in ’77, and lost all interest after that day. I still don’t know what they admired the most in Gilles.

We lived one hour away his home town in Quebec and they never got to meet him in person. But they watched the entire race on the Jacques-Cartier bridge in ’78 because they couldn?t afford admission tickets.

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    1. I had no idea about the Caterham and Force India copyright infringement. It will be interesting to see how/if it develops.

      How did Caterham come to acquire that information?

      1. The Aerolab facility Force India left with bills unpaid, and thus stuff on computer @andrewtanner, see above post by @bascb: some (plans for) templates of model parts left in the computers used to get design for T127 started quickly, it seems. No big things, no fault of the team/MG (court decided), so it probably won’t be a big deal.

    2. ‘Bahrain, the first Middle Eastern country to host a Formula One race, has a strong presence in the sport. Sheikh Abdulla bin Isa al-Khalifa sits on the FIA’s decision-making motor sport council while Bahrain also owns 50 percent of McLaren.’

      wow thats news to me….im now connecting Bernie’s dots…

    3. Beside the democracy demonstrations by the young protesters; so far all the Gulf states are de facto anti-democratic, anti-western, and islamistic. That is a fact. Do we really want, or need, to go there racing? In the future, if they have progressed to more democratic states that repect all people, maybe even allow tiny bikinis instead of “burkinis”, beer and mojitos not just in enclosed tourist farms, and you know that degenerative kind of fun called pop music, then and only then will the Gulf states be a tru tourist destination. Allowing these degenerative behavious only inside tourist farms really is not what I see as free and democratic. I will not spend my $$$ anywhere near these destinations. And I have been to a number of F1 races around the world and spent nice money on the local economies while enjoying myself with the best racing in the world.

      1. all the Gulf states are de facto anti-democratic, anti-western, and islamistic. That is a fact.

        Fact like fact. That they’re non-democratic is one thing, but that they’re anti-Western (whatever that really means) is hardly different than Westerners being anti-Eastern and their being ‘islamistic’ (whatever that really means) is hardly different than religious fundamentalism elsewhere – fundamentalists just happen to have more political say in the region; that was how Europe worked for over a millennium and it could well happen again, too. I wouldn’t go spend my money there either, but a little perspective is in order when talking about ‘facts’.

    4. I don’t have all the facts and never will, but from what I’ve read it does not seem safe enough for all of the F1 staff to travel to Bahrain at the moment. It baffles me that some think so differently to be honest on this thread, but perhaps they will have to eat humble pie if we go to Bahrain and there are problems.

    5. @damonsmedley seems that @prisoner-monkeys is either in denial or just doesn’t have a clue about how dictators rule. Calling young protesters “mob” is quite unreal, he even sounds like a dictator himself.

      I understand FIA is in difficult position once it’s not the UN to require a meeting with representatives of protesting movements, but they should employ or hire independent institutions to assess the situation on the ground and make their own decisions based on sound independent reports instead of relying on a biased opinion of race organizers.

        1. I never want a race cancelled but I see no way this can go ahead. F1 will get paid again I wish they had a backup plan with over a year of knowing all this could flare up. F1 needs to keep well out of there. 2e could have had a backup at Imola with Bahrain having paid for it. We would then as F1 fans not be compromised by this situation and we would have a race to watch

    6. We shouldnt have to stop a FORMULA 1 RACE. Or Bernie could do somthing else about it stop being a clown and take the track of the calender. they(Bahrain) bring nothing to formula 1. just alot of sand and some run off for vettel. No Offence about the sand its just not good.

    7. Can anyone explain after last year why there was no backup plan? Anyone else think if it’s called off again we will go through this debacle again next year?

        1. And to prevent that farce next year; bring in Argentina, South Africa, Mexico, or even Moscov to replace Bahrain. Dont think Bernie would stand like a clown without alternative countries and racetracks, they will be bangning on the door to come in. And frankly, you know the Formula 1 athmosphere have always had a mix of party, music, scantily clad models, champagne and glamour. Not burkas, burkinis, rosewater, and minaret chanting. The faster Bernie realises we should get out of the Gulf states, the better for Formula 1. But that is probably impossible, we have reached the point of no return since the Gulf states already have invested in Mercedes, Maclaren, Ferrari, most of the western banks, central real estate, and blue chip stocks. They own us, so prepare for rosewater and burkinis, yipii, 4 thumbs up…

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