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“There’s going to be popping champagne corks, live concerts and parties, in the middle of the island, which is a huge provocation to the families of victims who have been killed, and those of hundreds of political prisoners.”
“‘I invite [Bahraini Interior Ministry advisor John] Yates and his family to come and live in my village… where there is violence and tear gas every day,’ says Ali Mahdi al-Aswad, a former Bahraini MP.”
“BIC has been clear throughout recent weeks and months that the security situation in Bahrain is suitable for the staging of a major sporting event.”
“Holding the Grand Prix in Bahrain in 2012 risks being interpreted by the government of Bahrain as symbolising a return to business as usual. The international community must not turn a blind eye to the ongoing human rights crisis in the country. The government must understand that its half-hearted measures are not sufficient – sustained progress on real human rights reform remains essential.”
“Pictures of Bernie Ecclestone have been burnt in Bahrain as the F1 supremo insists it is safe to stage next week’s grand prix in the troubled Gulf kingdom.”
“The FIA issued a statement on Friday morning Shanghai time and a few hours later Bernie Ecclestone held a five minute meeting with team bosses in Shanghai. No-one voiced any complaints at the meeting, but afterwards many of them said that in reality they had no choice but to go and were not happy about the situation.”
“Protests flared Friday as several thousand Bahrainis marched after an announcement that the race would take place. ?óÔé¼?ôDown with Hamad!?óÔé¼?Ø chanted some marchers, referring to King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, Reuters reported. Several other rallies were planned.”
“Now that the race seems as though it will go ahead we can only hope that it happens without any problems for Formula 1 or the citizens of Bahrain. If something does happen it will be very hard for F1 to recover its integrity. The race will bring much-needed funds to the country, and of course the ?é?ú40 million fee to Formula One Management, but if ever there was a time to put everyone?óÔé¼Ôäós safety over money, this is it.”
“‘The sponsors will effectively just have to follow the sport,’ Tim Bampton, an executive at Just Marketing International, the motorsports marketing company, said. ‘They will have to watch and wait to see what happens even though they could be caught in the vortex.'”
Another take on the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Paddy Lowe: “We were able to notice a problem as a result of analysing some oil samples that showed a problem that?óÔé¼Ôäós developing in the rear of [Lewis Hamilton’s] gearbox. It could still work but the risk of a failure during the race itself is too great and a much greater penalty from that than would come from a five grid-place penalty.”
“I spoke to Fernando Alonso yesterday and he told me we are behaving like ants, bringing a few grains of wheat home and then if it rains so much the better.”
“Sauber has apparently suggested to Perez’s rather excitable father that he might like to stay away from GPs and watch his son race from home.”
“Initially focusing on Formula 1, the BBC Sport app will bring all the race action together in one place, with live streams, on-demand video and additional content. During races that are covered live on BBC One, fans won?óÔé¼Ôäót miss a second of the race, with access to alternative options such as on-board cameras which take the viewer to the heart of the action and the ?óÔé¼?£driver tracker?óÔé¼Ôäó that shows where each car is on the circuit. As well as the races themselves, there will be full coverage of practice and qualifying sessions.”
“Bill Stone, a key figure in the histories of racing car constructors March and Reynard, died earlier this week at the age of 72.”
“The data was captured from the McLaren Live Telemetry Dashboard during the race.”
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Comment of the day
Joey-Poey on the FIA’s self-serving statement on Bahrain:
“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”
I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sorry, but I read this as, “All members who have a significant financial stake in this event express their wish for the Grand Prix to go ahead.”
I wish the public could write an official press release back at the FIA saying “No duh”.
From the forum
- Bradley13 is looking for new entrants in the 2012 F1F Formula Two PS3 World Championship
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- Takuma Sato hits the wall rain-hit IndyCar practice session at Long Beach
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On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher won his third race in four starts at the beginning of 2002, leading home team mate Rubens Barrichello by 17 seconds in the San Marino Grand Prix.
With the nearest non-Ferrari almost 20 seconds in arrears – Ralf Schumacher’s Williams – it was becoming clear there would be little competition for the championship.
Here’s the other Williams of Juan Pablo Montoya in action during the race:
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