Force India, Bahrain International Circuit, 2012

Two Force India staff leave Bahrain after petrol bomb explosion

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Force India, Bahrain International Circuit, 2012In the round-up: Nico Hulkenberg says “we shouldn’t have been put in this position” as two Force India team members return home after a petrol bomb explosion in Bahrain.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

F1 mechanics flee Bahrain after petrol bomb attack during street protest (The Independent)

“Two mechanics from the Force India Formula 1 racing team fled Bahrain today after their colleagues were nearly engulfed by a petrol bomb.”

Bahrain Grand Prix: Hulkenberg questions decision to race (BBC)

“We shouldn’t have been put in this position […] Whether it is right or not I don’t really know. It’s difficult to say. I am not a politician, I am a Formula 1 driver, but it should not really be happening should it?”

Force India vow to race despite petrol bomb (The Telegraph)

Paul di Resta: “It’s a difficult one isn’t it. I’m sure it’s affecting everybody at the moment, the actions that have happened. I’ve not spoken to everybody within the team, but there is some concern and some people have felt it a bit more than others.”

Syria crisis, Bahrain unrest – as it happened (The Guardian)

“Foreign journalists have been barred from Bahrain in the run-up to the race, including journalists with the Associated Press, Sky News and Agence France-Presse.”

Bombs fears increase for F1 in Bahrain (The Times, subscription required)

“Force India have fitted electronic trackers to their cars. Teams and leading media organisations, such as the BBC, are removing entry passes from the windscreens of their cars and minibuses as they leave the circuit and taking off or covering branded clothing. They are also now travelling in convoy on the highways, under orders to ‘stick together’.”

Companies shun Bahrain Grand Prix hospitality (Reuters)

“Western companies are opting not to entertain clients and partners at the Bahrain Grand Prix following calls for sponsors to boycott the event because of political turmoil.”

Protests over the Bahrain Grand Prix 2012

Responses from F1 teams and sponsors asked to boycott the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Bahrain Travel Advice (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Details of planned protests in Bahrain this weekend.

Bahrain International Circuit via Twitter

“‘I’ve come here for the sport’ – two times Bahrain F1 winner, Felipe Massa. Great to have you and Ferrari here.”

F1 Fanatic via Twitter

“Good to see Autosport “vehemently disagree with our sport being used for political subterfuge”. I agree. (Quote from today’s issue, couldn’t find it on the website).”

FIA press conference (Sky, UK only)

Video of yesterday’s press conference.

World Champions dodge Bahrain safety questions (Adam Cooper)

Fernando Alonso: “We are here because the decision made by people who had all the information in their hands, the FIA etc, so we are following their instructions. If we are here it?s because everyone thinks we safe to be here, so no problem. But obviously we need all the information about this incident, etc.”

Hamilton delighted with consistency (Autosport)

“The target every year is to have consistency and some years it doesn’t go to plan. But this year I am fortunate to be on the podium at each of the three races, so it’s fantastic.”

Analysis – Mercedes’ ‘double DRS’ system in full (F1)

“This drawing shows Mercedes’ clever ‘double DRS’ system in its entirety.”

F1 2012 Preview: Staying on Track (EuroGamer)

“Helping that cause is the one new feature that Codemasters is happy to fully disclose right now, with the Young Driver Test serving as an introduction to the deeper end of the sport. It’s accessibility that’s also about authenticity.”

Comment of the day

I’ve seen quite a few comments from people avoiding this weekend’s race – here’s one from Lopek:

Given my views, I think to watch it ?ǣ and so to support it indirectly ?ǣ would be completely hypocritical. I won?t be. It will be the first race in my life that I can remember missing through choice ?ǣ 30-plus years of viewing starting with dad as young kid.

I?ve watched every session live since the practice sessions started being shown live, no matter the time of night. I plan my (self employed) work schedule around the Friday sessions. My holidays are fitted in the gaps in the season….

From the forum

Site updates

For reasons not relating to the situation in Bahrain this weekend, I will not be writing the practice reports today.

Instead I am very pleased to confirm Will Wood will be taking charge of them today. Many of you already know Will, who has posted on here before as Magnificent Geoffrey.

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On this day in F1

Phil Hill, who won the world championship in 1961, was born 85 years ago today.

Hill died in 2008.

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  • 170 comments on “Two Force India staff leave Bahrain after petrol bomb explosion”

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    1. Here is a question about this Bahrain situation. If it were not for F1 going there would the Protesters message even be getting out to the “Outside World”? What I mean is outside of the F1 websites we all visit how much news about the Protest in Bahrain have you seen? None of the news programs here in the USA (Cable & Broadcast news) have really even mentioned it other then the past few days. Even last year when the race was canceled it was only news on Motorsports websites, matter of fact I’d say F1 going to Bahrain has generated more news coverage (atleast here in the USA) of the protest then not-going last year did.

      Now granted I have no idea what kind of coverage those protest are getting in the UK or the rest of the world but I’d say F1 going to Bahrain as much as it may be seen as “Hurting the protest by helping the Government” it can also be looked at as “Helping the Protest because now more people know they’re going on”.

      We hear about Syria & Iran all the time, and last Summer we heard non-stop about Libya & Egypt but I honestly think the last time I heard anything about Bahrain on TV outside of F1 related things was one of those Travel shows a few years ago & an episode of American Chopper from years ago where they built the Police a custom motorcycle. Scratch that American Chopper thing that was actually Abu Dhabi.

      1. We’re getting very little coverage on mainstream TV or radio in Australia.

        1. I have been actively keeping and eye and ear out for news of Bahrain but have heard absolutely nothing.

      2. @fisha695 The coverage on TV in the UK is non-existent though I expect that to ramp up this weekend. You make a valid point and it is at the forefront of my mind and has been for a while. It’s one of the main reasons I’m so sceptical of what comes out of Bahrain, or at least until the past few days.

    2. xeroxpt (@)
      20th April 2012, 2:51

      Rubens Barrichello hits out at those comparing Bahrain and Brazil safety

      No, it’s worse, no one gives a damn about it.

    3. Here is something I just thought of. If the area outside of the track is so dangerous for the various FIA/Team personnel then why don’t they just stay inside the track? Between the little Hospitality buildings, the various circuit buildings & whatever that Round Building in Turn 1 is I’m sure they could find enough room for everybody to sleep. Get some tents and it’d be like camping.

    4. Oh cool! Glad to see MG starting to write for the site :D

    5. Is it too late now to call off the GP?
      Though honestly now, I think the GP should be continued. Looking at the situation in Bahrain, it doesn’t look like the ruling party is going to do anything anytime soon. So, backing off from Bahrain could only mean we are challenging the decision of the ruling party (which I think by now is clear that they are not exactly what one would call, nice) and it could further put the people of Bahrain at risk. If hosting a race keeps the rulers happy and keeps the people safer a little longer, then I guess hosting the race should be the way to go.

    6. Best of luck to all the teams planning to copy Mercedes’ DRS system. That looked unbelievably hard to pull off, and congrats to Mercedes for making it happen.

      Pure Genius!

    7. If the practice reports are not in typically poetic @magnificent-geoffrey form I will be most displeased! ;)
      Looking forward to reading them.

    8. the situation in bahrain is getting really serious… I hope nothing bad happens to anyone.
      but we need to ask ourselves what can we do to support Bahrain people and their movement if we think they’re right…honestly, not watching the race wouldn’t help! maybe if people boycott attending the race, some harm will be done to regime.
      also if protesters are supporting democracy and are true to their cause, they wouldn’t try bombing innocent mechanics and teams!

    9. What about this article in Autosport?

      i think it should be included in the roundup just for balance.

    10. I think the feeling those 2 have is a reflection of how a large part of the F1 crew must feel. If it wasn’t enough to have the intense pressure of running an entire GP weekend (which follows up on past week!), now they have to cope with the emotional stress of being faced with the terror that runs through that country. I don’t think mental breakdowns will be abnormal.

      Seriously wrong to race there.

    11. Sean N (@sean-p-newmanlive-co-uk)
      20th April 2012, 9:43

      Why didn’t the FIA see this coming? I can’t believe they decided to go to Bahrain. I guess it boils down to money again.

      I’m not convinced they should make decisions based on political situations or at least they should take advice from more qualified organisations like the UN and stick to it. However they should have known there are people getting killed in Bahrain and there definitely is albeit uncertain level of extra risk. Pure madness on their part. The FIA have further tarnished their already less tahn perfect reputation. I might have expected this from FIFA or the Olympic organisers!

    12. PM – i have met Bernie a couple of times via his daughter, Tamara ( I happen to know her fiance), and Thejudge13 isn’t ctually far from the truth. And whilst he was thouroughly nice, I came away with more or less the same impression.
      You may argue that meeting a man breifly twice is not enough to form a viable opinion about them, but its CAN give you an insight. The opinions of psychiatrists are not infallible either just because they happen to be ”experts”(see the Norway massacre suspect). It is possible to form an opinion about someone based on what u read about them, and lets face it, we have read a lot about Bernie, via the F1/ CVC connection, in the public domain, and most of it correct. And it is also possible for the opinions formed as a result to be correct.

      1. Oh I agree, he can be incredibly charming – but you want to see him when the tea cups fly. It’s like watching a benign little smurf metamorphise into a tazmanian devil (se. of the cartoon variety). Strangely enough he’s more coherent or should I say more explicable when in that state.

    13. It would be really ironic if the protesters caused harm to F1 personel/fans, when they, the protesters, are talking so much about not being able to protest ‘peacefully’ without being harmed themselves.


      1. It would indeed. I struggle to support anyone who uses violence, regardless of their side of the argument.

        1. @andrewtanner

          I struggle to support anyone who uses violence

          Well obviously. But one should know from history that there is always high chance for violence to escalate during any protest. Humans have violent instincts, that’s how it is. The F1 community had a pretty good idea what the situation was. So if something happens, they will only have themselves to blame.

    14. Hmmm 10+ articles focusing on the political debate, 3 track/car related articles. I am going really tired of what used to be a great forum for Gp news.

      1. @funkyf1 While I tend to skip over them, I do think it’s worthwhile having them there, especially in the run up to the race. It will be over in a week or so I suspect.

    15. Bahrain so safe, Force India quiting practice early to return to Hotel in daylight. I’m sure Ecclestone and Khalifa stooges will suggest they are irrational etc etc etc

    16. We raced in China didn’t we? A country with a VERY questionable human rights record and yet no-one seems bothered about that. Personally i don’t think the race should be happening because of safety concerns. Twitter is buzzing with rumours that Force India won’t be taking part in FP2 because they don’t want to travel in the dark. We shall see.

      1. According to what i understand from comments here – as long as oppressive Chinese government isn’t gettint the money from race or directly promoting race as unifying experience, F1 is morally crystal clear to race in China and be done with it.

        1. At times people can only do what they can do at that moment in time.

          To Argue racing in China is wrong – but we still do it anyway. Racing in Bahrain is also wrong – but it should still go ahead specifically because of the racing in China being wrong and that happens- is facile.

    17. @PM and the race should go on crowd

      The Guardian’s Paul Weaver reports on the mood of unease among the F1 teams preparing for today’s practice session.

      Walking in the paddock is to feel an atmosphere I have never experienced before in Formula One, which is usually so full of energy and enthusiasm. There is a feeling of unease, sometimes fear, everywhere.

      No-one wants to be quoted by name but one engineer told me: “I don’t think we should be here. There’s a lot kicking off and a demo down the road this afternoon. We’re in the firing line.”

      Another said: “I don’t know much about the politics. There are 20 races this season, which makes it a long year, so I think a few of the lads just want to get home early.”

      1. Seems like Bernie’s “safe as houses” assurances are not in actuality felt.

    18. Sauber now reporting an incident last night. The cracks becoming crevaces, and Bernie E is offering to stay at the ciruit with the Force India boys till 1am and travel with them. This is very very very funny, I’m not sure in what fashion I would gain solace with Ecclestone travelling in my car as a sign of – or actual protection.

      Walking around with a Mod’s jacket in the middle of Homs may be preferable.

      Hey looks like FIA and BE were right. its safe to be there for everyone

    19. @ Prisoner Monkey

      I have in idea as to why times you’re views may be considered delusional. Rumour has it you are the long lost love child of Ecclestone. The latest from him is that all this is being the journalists need a story so they’re making it all up

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