Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

FIA insist Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead

2012 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bahrain International Circuit, 2004The FIA has insisted next week’s Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead as planned despite security concerns in the area.

The sport’s governing body issued the following statement:

The FIA is the governing body of motor sport and therefore of Formula One. As such, it sets the season?s calendars following the proposal of the commercial rights holder (CRH) in accordance with the local national authorities in all matters relating to safety.

Within that context, the FIA ensures that any event forming part of an FIA world championship is organised in compliance with the FIA Statutes and the relevant Sporting and Technical Regulations and that the safety of the public, officials, drivers and teams is secured at all times during an event.

The FIA must make rational decisions based on the information provided to us by the Bahraini authorities and by the commercial rights holder. In addition we have endeavoured to assess the ongoing situation in Bahrain.

President Jean Todt led a fact-finding mission to the Kingdom in November 2011, meeting a large number of decision-makers and opinion formers, including elected Shia members of parliament, the president of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, ambassadors from the European Union countries, the crown prince, the interior minister and many members of the business community.

All expressed their wish for the Grand Prix to go ahead in 2012, and since then, the FIA has kept in close touch with all these stakeholders. Away from the public eye, the FIA has received regular security briefings from the most senior diplomatic officials based in the Kingdom as well as from other independent experts.

The 2012 calendar, as presented by the CRH, was ratified by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in September 2011. Since then no request from the F1 Commission or the CRH has been made to the WMSC to either postpone or cancel the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Based on the current information the FIA has at this stage, it is satisfied that all the proper security measures are in place for the running of a Formula One World Championship event in Bahrain.

Therefore, the FIA confirms that the 2012 Gulf Air F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain will go ahead as scheduled.

Commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone was due to meet the teams today to discuss the race.

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  1. @Tamerlane Well anyone here that agrees with the FIA should read that link. Just to finally open their eyes.

  2. 2 races in a row! Awesome!

    …..que the tirade of “you selfish monster” sort of backlash…….

  3. Am I right in saying that unlike when the race was cancelled a year ago the UK government havn’t put out any official warnings telling people not to travel there?

    seen reports today that japanese & austrian broadcasters wont be going to bahrain. both sky & bbc have said there going if f1 goes & are happy to be going there.

    speaking of bbc & sky, bbc found some technical problems with some of there equipment last night & the sky crew heard about it & went to them & helped them out by lending them some of there equipment. so those watching on the bbc this weekend are doing so thanks to sky’s help :p

  4. I don’t care about the politics. I just don’t want to turn on the news the next day and see massive headlines saying, “Massive F1 Massacre”.

  5. As an F1 fan who wants to see as many races each season as I can, I’m happy that the race, at this point at least, is going ahead.

    Having said that I can’t put a few hours of entertainment before the safety of the people attending the race. Therefore I have to hope the FIA and other authorities who have access to far more relevant information on what’s going on than I do have got it right, and Barhrain really is safe to go racing in and the FIA aren’t just burying their heads in the sand hoping everything will be all right.

  6. I hear a lot of people saying, “What a terrible decision, I hope nothing bad happens…” It is a terrible decision, but does anyone like me hope that something terrible does happen? Honestly?

    This grotesque spectacle represents everything’s that wrong with my/your sport. Ecclestone yet again embarrassing us with his ridiculous comments. The **** weak FIA bending over. All the spineless teams and drivers going along with it. Why? MONEY. Obvious but clearly the case. Talk about selling your soul.

    If something bad did happen maybe it’d bring this whole rotten house of cards down and then maybe, rising from the ashes, would be the sport I love… I mean seriously, how can our heroes be a bunch of little rats scurrying to the beckoned call of Ecclestone, with his dead eyes and sickle in hand, pointing his finger of death at the people of Bahrain.

    They can take their reward, pop their champagne corks. Whist a corrupt, murderous regime locks down their country and suppresses and tortures dissenters. Surely they’ll all rot in hell.

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