Ecclestone: ‘We cannot make teams race in Bahrain’

F1 Fanatic round-up

In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says “If the teams don?t want to go [to Bahrain], then we cannot make them”.

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Ecclestone steps back over Bahrain (The Times, subscription required)

“Mr Ecclestone said he sympathised with the teams? anxieties. ‘If the teams don?t want to go, then we cannot make them,’ he said.”

F1 teams want FIA to postpone Bahrain Grand Prix (The Guardian)

“I feel very uncomfortable about going to Bahrain. If I’m brutally frank, the only way they can pull this race off without incident is to have a complete military lock-down there. And I think that would be unacceptable, both for Formula One and for Bahrain. But I don’t see any other way they can do it.”

Home-made bomb injures seven Bahrain policemen (Reuters)

“Seven Bahraini policemen were wounded, three of them seriously, when a home-made bomb exploded on Monday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said, during a protest near the capital calling for the release of an activist on a two-month hunger strike.”

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja’s death would be a stain on Bahrain (The Guardian)

“We, the undersigned, call on the government of Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release leading human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, whose life is now in grave danger as he enters the 61st day of his hunger strike, begun in protest at his detention and treatment.”

Bahrain opposition raises pressure to scrap F1 (ABC)

Al-Wefaq (Bahrain opposition party) leader Khalil al-Marzuk: “It is unlikely that the race will be held if Abdel Hadi Khawaja or Hassan Mashaima is harmed.”

Bahraini hunger striker’s daughter speaks out (Al Jazeera via YouTube)

Bahrain?s Interior Ministry adviser says F1 security plans aim to be ‘low key and discreet’ (The Washington Post)

Bahrain Interior Ministry advisor John Yates: “It?s a really important event for this country. It?s hugely important for the economy. There is nothing that in any way warrants for the race to be postponed.”

Pressure on to re-think Bahrain GP (BBC)

Human Rights Watch spokesman Joe Stork: “On the ground we see an increasing number of deaths, and serious injuries from tear gas and beatings.”

A Reporter, in Iran in 1978, Will Cover F1 in Bahrain in 2012 (New York Times)

“The Bahrain Grand Prix… is clearly being used by the ruling family as a way to try to solve its political problems; or at least to show off to the world that despite the uprising, Bahrain is one nation, and life is back to normal. The organizations have created the following slogan for the race to state that fact: ‘Unif1ed ? One Nation in Celebration.’ How does that differ from the Turkish podium heist?”

COTA seeks arbitration in Hellmund lawsuit (Austin-American Statesman)

“In March, racing promoter Tavo Hellmund filed a lawsuit against investors Bobby Epstein and Red McCombs and other individuals and companies linked to Circuit of the Americas, the $300 million racetrack in southeastern Travis County scheduled to host a Formula One Grand Prix in November. The courts are now deciding what ? if any ? portion of that dispute will be made public.”

Gilles Villeneuve at Long Beach (MotorSport)

“I?ve had the pleasure of covering all 37 Long Beach GPs, starting with the inaugural F5000 race, and have many fond memories of the place. But none can exceed the sparkle of our old friend and hero Gilles Villeneuve in action through the California streets in Long Beach?s heyday as a Formula One race.”

Comment of the day

Is Paul Ricard’s distinctive striped run-off really that good at slowing cars down? StefMeister has doubts:

I’d go with 1A. Closest to the original F1 layout and a pretty fast, flowing layout which when used in other categories has produced some decent racing.

Just a shame Paul Ricard is now such an ugly track to watch racing on because of the striped tarmac run-off. Tarmac run-off that clearly works brilliantly to slow the cars down:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1iikw_2005-f1-paul-ricard-testing-wurz_auto

StefMeister

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54 comments on Ecclestone: ‘We cannot make teams race in Bahrain’

  1. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th April 2012, 19:38

    I don’t mind the ridiculous stripes around Paul Ricard. They look different that’s for certain. Doesn’t do much for safety though. I wonder if they would have to make some sort of concession to bring it to a higher safety standard?

  2. xeroxpt (@) said on 10th April 2012, 21:22

    Finally Bernie writes his disclaimer.

  3. speedboat said on 11th April 2012, 3:46

    Like so many forms of entertainment, F1 is in danger of ruin by too much money and too much technology. Too many are dazzled by it all, but the soul and heart become irrelevant. Fix F1: real tracks like Spa. Retire Bernie. More sticktion, less aero. Ban Adrian Newey (he’s too brilliant, unfair advantage). More torque. One color per team. And ooh aren’t the 2012 cars just the ugliest? Something is wrong with the rule-writers when they produce such horrid solutions.

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