Predictions Championship round cancelled for Bahrain

Predictions Championship

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Bahrain, 2012The F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship round for the Bahrain Grand Prix has been cancelled.

Feedback from readers in the past 24 hours has made it overwhelmingly clear many do not consider it appropriate to run the competition given the events in Bahrain.

On reflection, I agree this is the correct course of action to take.

It retrospect, this is a decision I probably should have taken sooner. But better to make the right decision late in the day than not at all.

No points will be awarded for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The next round which will count towards the championship is the Spanish Grand Prix.

More on the situation in Bahrain this weekend:

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146 comments on Predictions Championship round cancelled for Bahrain

  1. phildick (@phildick) said on 20th April 2012, 21:55

    “Each small candle lights a corner of the dark”
    Good call. Respect.

  2. rethymnoracer said on 20th April 2012, 21:55

    Good decision Keith.

  3. baldwin8 (@baldwin8) said on 20th April 2012, 21:56

    Now if we can only stop buying their oil………

  4. mona ali said on 20th April 2012, 21:57

    thank you 1000000…. am a bahraini, and i appreciate any move to support my people. we r f1 fans but we have human lives issues at the momemt. we have an activist who could die any moment as he is in his 72th day hunger strike in jail….many thanks again

  5. Justin (@spamulaone) said on 20th April 2012, 21:59

    Great move Keith, much respect

  6. So very very sad and very very stupid for F1 to be in this position. Gaurdian reporte 50,000 protesters assembling tonight.

    Keith, writing the article 2 days ago has been proven highly insightful. I fear this will be a very dark weekend for F1. I have friends out there who are desperate to leave and come home immediately. Ecclestone is a fool.

  7. Oliver Wood said on 20th April 2012, 22:06

    It’s one thing holding personal opinion and expressing it with justification, it’s another having a high head and implementing measures for false “symbolism”.

    I respect this is your website Keith and you deserve to run it how you will but this is tad unnecessary. If you have a massive moral burden with the race, don’t watch it personally or highlight your own dissent in your own way.

    It’s disappointing that your personal opinion is clouding your professional role of running an online media website. I’ll argue why not go ahead and not cover the race at all? This decision seems to be the sitting on fence middle ground.

    • Damon (@damon) said on 20th April 2012, 22:18

      I understand where you’re coming from, but you must’ve missed the “Feedback from readers in the past 24 hours has made it overwhelmingly clear many do not consider it appropriate to run the competition given the events in Bahrain” part.

      Keith’s decision was not just “personal opinion” based and you should know that since it’s very clear here.

      • Oliver Wood said on 20th April 2012, 22:24

        Again, if it were some readers personal opinion then they could simply not participate in the predictions for this weekend.

        Those who do end up contacting Keith clearly have strong opinions and are probably hence not representative of readers as a whole in general who would presume norm “will carry on”.

        Perhaps a poll asking for reader’s opinions or is that too clingy democratic?

        • Count up the comments – most people who have read around the facts don’t want this race. I greatly Admire all the fans who are giving up the sport they love for his weekend because they know this is a race that shouldn’t be run.

          • Oliver Wood said on 20th April 2012, 22:39

            Again, let me stress I’m not a proposing force for Bahrain either in this case. I personally wrote why Bahrain should have never been on a calendar at all this season when it was released, well before all this kicked up in the last weeks.

            There is a different between personal opinion and professionalism. When matters are well out of your control, it’s an uncomfortable feeling but you carry on.

    • MethylONE (@methylone) said on 20th April 2012, 22:18

      This entire event is all over the middle ground. It is incredibly complex and valid arguments can be made for all sides.

      Having sport become a focal point of a social/political issue is wrong, but it is what has happened and if the rulers of Bahrain follow through on their promises there is going to be human life at stake here.

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 20th April 2012, 22:20

      If you have a massive moral burden with the race, don’t watch it personally or highlight your own dissent in your own way.

      Well, he did it twice already over recent weeks with two very good articles.

      It’s disappointing that your personal opinion is clouding your professional role of running an online media website. I’ll argue why not go ahead and not cover the race at all? This decision seems to be the sitting on fence middle ground.

      Isn’t that contradicting yourself? He’s still covering the race even after he clearly stated he’s against it. This prediction championship is supposed to be a fun game for the followers, has nothing to do with journalism.

      • Oliver Wood said on 20th April 2012, 22:27

        Yes, he did and I respected that. It’s his blog and I personally prefer opinion polls with voice! It’s what I like about this blog compared to the numerous other press release hashing media F1 sites on the web.

        I’m saying that if his personal opinion has already influenced himself already enough to make professional amens to cancel this fun game for followers, why not go the whole way? It’s sitting in the middle of the fence because if he feels so strongly about it and wants to send a signal out then a stronger version could be boycott and not over the race in it’s entirety. It seems a cop out to do so just for the prediction’s championship. All for nothing would be better.

        • Jarred Walmsley (@jarred-walmsley) said on 21st April 2012, 9:46

          Because while he feels against it morally, he is going to cover the event as he feels it’s his duty and obligation as a journalist to allow those who do wish to follow the event to do so. He is doing his job and nothing more then that, and saying that because he cancelled the fun game that he should go the whole way is stupid, the two things are completely different.

    • dirgegirl (@dirgegirl) said on 20th April 2012, 23:19

      Your concept of professionalism is depressingly modern and nonsensical.

  8. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 20th April 2012, 22:09

    Good choice Keith!

  9. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 20th April 2012, 22:11

    I’m sorry, but I’m finding it difficult to not get frustrated at this… Surely the idea is that if people don’t want to compete in what is meant to be something to be enjoyed, then they don’t enter? Now what’s happened is that the people who don’t want to play have moaned loudly and forced the round to be called off, therefore ruining the fun of anyone who might actually want to play…

    It’s sad to think that after avidly following and commenting on this blog over the past year, I’m thinking about leaving over the handling of 1 race weekend (the Predictions Championship is just the most recent part)

    • thejudge13 said on 20th April 2012, 22:26

      MOST TRUE F1 fans will be watching the situation for the next 36 hours praying that some disaster does not occur.

      The sporting competition for whatever reason has been blown away by the context in which it is set.

      I had a text today from a team member I know, who said that someone invaded their hotel last night screaming….murderers. He was not present but if you read the tea leave you’ll know which team he belongs to.

    • Karen said on 20th April 2012, 23:42

      So sorry that human rights and the real world of life, death and freedom had to ruin your little game of fun. I’m glad to see so many fans of F1 standing up and saying that this race is wrong, even if none of the teams and drivers do.

      • KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 21st April 2012, 11:21

        Funnily enough, the race hasn’t ruined my fun.. The Human Rights and real world of life, death and freedom hasn’t ruined my fun..

        What has is the people who have come on here and decided that the game should be cancelled, effectively making a bad weekend even worse.. The GPRO race on Friday was set at the Bahrain track, there were no calls for it to be cancelled, and it went ahead without any complaint.

        One of the reasons given is that ‘because teams may pull out of the race, it will be more difficult to predict’, so we’re not allowed to try and predict the more unpredictable races this year? Malaysia immediately springs to mind…

        All these people protesting the championship going ahead are doing is giving in to the people who declared ’3 days of rage’, thrown petrol bombs over cars, and hacked into the F1.com website.. And it’s now ruining the fun for people who were hoping for a semi-decent race weekend , despite the regime in Bahrain…

    • George (@george) said on 21st April 2012, 0:58

      @keeleyobsessed I totally agree, but we’ve known this race was going to create a ********* for weeks, lets just get through this weekend and hope things go back to normal :)

  10. nathaniel said on 20th April 2012, 22:23

    Ridiculous!

    “It doesn’t feel right as it’s a game and prizes are awarded” Every team who scores points this weekend gets a “prize” points equal benefits in terms of travel and tv budget.

    F1 is about money and contracts and lawyers. Any team that didn’t go was in breach of their legal contract to the FIA and would be fined heavily, It’s about sponsors and money not about people whether they are F1 people or local citizens. If F1 wanted to make a real stand run the race with no signage on the track or the cars in protest to what is going on. That would be a real protest.

    • Bendanarama (@bendana) said on 21st April 2012, 11:40

      F1 is about money and contracts and lawyers.

      F1 may be. F1 Fanatic is not. Keith is making the right decision here, especially if he’s received enough feedback to justify it. One thing I’ve found in the years since I started reading this blog is that @KeithCollantine doesn’t do things like this on a whim.

  11. Anyone who has ever been on strike, or on a protest march has taken a stance potentially putting their livelihood on the line and broken a contract. I wish a team or driver would do this – they would earn a lot of respect and potentially save lives. Time to make stand someone . . .

  12. Xenon2 (@xenon2) said on 20th April 2012, 22:39

    Thanks for doing this Keith.

  13. mrgrieves (@mrgrieves) said on 20th April 2012, 23:07

    And this was the week i was going to get maximum points

    Disapointed its canceled but understand the reasoning fair enough Keith.

  14. cduk_mugello (@cduk_mugello) said on 20th April 2012, 23:38

    Will the rate the race feature be cancelled too?

    Rightly or wrongly, you know that it will turn into a farcical ‘rate the regime’ vote instead.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 21st April 2012, 0:24

      The point of Rate the Race is purely to canvas enjoyment of the race – as has been made pretty clear in recent days some people’s enjoyment will be affected by the political situation, others won’t. So it seems to me it would be worth keeping. What does everyone else think?

      • Damon (@damon) said on 21st April 2012, 8:16

        If we have a great race, the rating would still be a 2.3 or so for non-sporting reason, so I think it’s better not to allow ranking as to avoid doing what would distort the truth about the race in the records.

  15. Katz, Tim said on 20th April 2012, 23:41

    “Predictions Championship round cancelled for Bahrain”
    Good.

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