Vettel leads home Raikkonen to take first win of 2012

2012 Bahrain Grand Prix review

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Bahrain, 2012Sebastian Vettel claimed his first victory of 2012 in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

He came under brief pressure from Kimi Raikkonen in the middle part of the race, but eased ahead in the final stint to win by 3.3 seconds.

Romain Grosjean made it two Lotuses on the podium, taking third place.

Vettel pulls ahead

Vettel’s start looked much like one of his 2011 getaways – he pulled effortlessly clear of the pack on the first lap.

Behind him Hamilton and Webber held their positions at the start, but Grosjean made a superb getaway to take up fourth behind the Red Bull.

It quickly became clear the Lotuses had strong pace. Grosjean passed Webber for third place then caught and passed Hamilton for second. But he couldn’t make much impression on Vettel, who was already almost five seconds ahead.

Meanwhile Raikkonen, who had slipped behind Felipe Massa at the start, re-passed the Ferrari and started to make progress of his own. He took a second per lap off the other Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, and passed him easily in the DRS zone.

Early pit stops

Despite the cooler temperatures on race day, drivers found their tyres dropping off quickly. On lap eight Button radioed his pits and warned them his tyres had gone off – he came in at the end of the lap, accompanied by Massa and Rosberg.

Next time by the pits were packed with Hamilton, Webber, Alonso, Perez, Senna, Schumacher and Hulkenberg all making stops. Hamilton fell behind many of them as he suffered the first of two slow pit stops due to a problem at the left-rear of the car.

He emerged behind Rosberg’s Mercedes and tried to go up the inside of him heading to turn four. Despite being squeezed off the track, Hamilton kept his foot in and took the place.

Meanwhile Vettel was in the happy position of being able to pit after most of his pursuers – with one exception. Paul di Resta stayed out and led a lap before Vettel took the lead back.

Grosjean also passed the Force India shortly before Di Resta headed for the pits. The gap between him and Vettel remained little changed after the first pit stops, Grosjean now 5.2s behind Vettel.

Raikkonen emerges from the midfield

But Raikkonen was coming on strong. On lap 13 he got down the inside of Mark Webber at turn 11 for third place.

He now set about reducing the gap to his team mate, who was 2.9s up the road. By lap 21 the gap was down to a second and Raikkonen prepared to attack his team mate using DRS.

Grosjean held on for a couple of laps while Raikkonen urged his team to take action, telling them “I have to get past”. By lap 24 he was through, Grosjean not fighting him for the place at turn one.

The next time by Vettel came into the pits. Grosjean came in on the same lap but Red Bull’s turnaround was quick enough to have Vettel on his way again before the Lotus had come to a stop.

Raikkonen began making inroads on Vettel’s lead after he pitted. Over the course of the third stint he edged a tenth here, a tenth there, and cut Vettel’s lead from 2.2s on lap 27 to just a few tenths by lap 34.

On the next two laps Raikkonen attacked the Red Bull driver using DRS, but couldn’t get by. At the second time of asking Vettel made a late move to cover the inside of turn one, obliging Raikkonen to switch to the outside, from where he couldn’t make a move stick.

That was the closest Raikkonen came to wresting the lead from Vettel. From then on he slipped back slowly.

Hamilton hits trouble again

Hamilton’s second pit stop went more or less as badly as his first and left him outside of the top ten for several laps.

Meanwhile Alonso was the latest driver to come up against Rosberg, who repeated his robust defensive move on the approach to turn four. A furious Alonso criticised Rosberg on the radio afterwards, and the stewards declared they would investigate Rosberg’s driving against Hamilton and Alonso after the race.

He wasn’t the only frustrated driver. Di Resta had criticised Pastor Maldonado’s defensive moves earlier on, before taking advantage of the scrap between the Williams driver and Sergio Perez to pass the pair of them at turn four.

As di Resta gambled on making two pit stops while others preferred three, he came under pressure from those who had just pitted. Webber passed him easily for fourth place.

Maldonado, however, picked up a puncture and suffered a violent spin at the exit of turn three. He later retired.

Vettel pulls clear to win

Vettel and Raikkonen came in together on lap 40 for their final pit stop. They left in the same order.

As they returned to the track Vettel reeled off a new fastest lap and began to edge away. Raikkonen, perhaps remembering the degradation that dropped him from second to 14th in China, saw the RB8 draw further ahead with each passing lap.

Raikkonen’s engineer told him Vettel would have worse tyre degradation but it didn’t come to pass. However, Red Bull were cutting it fine on fuel.

As Vettel crossed the line to win, he was instructed to pull over and stop immediately. He won by 3.3 seconds, Raikkonen followed home by team mate Grosjean.

In the points

Webber continued his run of finishing fourth in every race this year. Rosberg made a late pass on di Resta to claim fifth.

As di Resta coaxed his tyres to the end he came under pressure from Alonso – which he resisted. “The tyres were gone at the end” he told his team after finishing sixth.

He might have had a more difficult time had Jenson Button not hit trouble late in the race. He had to make a pit stop with a puncture and shortly afterwards an apparent engine problem forced his retirement.

That left Alonso seventh ahead of Hamilton, who was left to rue McLaren’s disastrous performance in the pits.

Massa picked up his first points of the season with ninth place, while Michael Schumacher took a single point for tenth.

Final finishers

Sauber failed to score points as Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi came home 11th and 13th – the latter abandoning his attempt to finish the race with two pit stops. Nico Hulkenberg finished between the pair.

Daniel Ricciardo plummeted down the order after starting sixth. He ended the first lap behind team mate Jean-Eric Vergne – who had lined up 17th – and concerned about front wing damage.

The Toro Rosso pair finished in that order, Vergne 14th ahead of Ricciardo.

Vitaly Petrov led home team mate Heikki Kovalainen who picked up a puncture on the first lap. Glock, de la Rosa and Karthikeyan were the remaining finishers, with Button and Senna classified despite having stopped.

A race to forget

The Bahrain Grand Prix is history for this year. The annals of motor racing will remember Sebastian Vettel as its winner.

But this weekend the sport was a sideshow. Formula 1 allowed those with a political agenda to exploit it, and brought shame on itself by holding this race.

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127 comments on Vettel leads home Raikkonen to take first win of 2012

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  1. Eggry (@eggry) said on 22nd April 2012, 16:18

    Lotus’s great performance and Mclaren’s underperforming were my biggest surprise but I alao have to say Di Resta and Massa did very good race as well. I know Massa is known as Bahrain specialist and it wasn’t top notch drive but surely good.

    Now Ferrari would bring huge update in Spain, hopefully it would boost both driver massively. They still have title chance yet and 5 way battle is better than 4 way!

    • infy (@infy) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:41

      Alonso only expects a 0.6 second increase. He goes on to say most the teams will bring 0.4 second increases, which means Ferrari only gains a net 0.2.

      • Eggry (@eggry) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:59

        I think 0.6sex is quite conservative view comsidering the car has some serious problems. Only if they can fix those flaw I think it would be worth of 0.5sec. of course it could be very successful or, simply don’t work as well. We will see it in Mugello soon…

        • raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 22nd April 2012, 18:01

          Eh… conservative means “safe” estimate – ie “less than estimated.” If 0.6 is conservative then that means the upgrade is worth at least 0.6.

          • Eggry (@eggry) said on 22nd April 2012, 22:35

            sorry, what I supposed to mean was 1) fixing flaws = 0.5 sec 2) plus more sec from aero development 3) so I think 0.6 is fairly easy target. that was it.

      • F1andy83 said on 22nd April 2012, 20:06

        Alonso responded to the decision via Twitter: “I think you are going to have fun in future races! You can defend position as you want and you can overtake outside the track! Enjoy! ;)))”

        • Jay Menon (@jaymenon10) said on 23rd April 2012, 1:55

          haha..Fernando trying to be cheeky, but clearly ******.

          I think Rosberg’s move aggressive, but then again, Nico has always been tough to get past. Alonso didnt back off either, so it was like fighting fire with fire, either one wasnt willing to lift.

          The stewards have been at it again, not consistent. I dont know what it would take for them to get their acts together!

  2. gwenouille (@gwenouille) said on 22nd April 2012, 16:21

    OK, done with Barhein. Now, bring on Europe !

    • thejudge13 said on 22nd April 2012, 17:09

      Great summary of race as always from Keith. ALSO fantastic handling of the whole sad and sorry weekend by this site.

      For those who have critcised the Keith’s stance on the Bahreini situation, a Nobel Peace Prize winner makes clear his views…

      “If you are a neutral in situations of injustice, then you have sided with the oppressor”, D Tutu.

      • Sheriff said on 22nd April 2012, 17:24

        Really??? A little harsh….

      • claudioff (@claudioff) said on 22nd April 2012, 19:02

        Wonderful citation. Greatly summarizes my feelings about this weekend.

        • Mike (@mike) said on 22nd April 2012, 21:24

          Agreed, well put.

          • cmancuzo13 said on 23rd April 2012, 2:19

            I just don’t get it thought. What kind of cell phone do you use? Computer? Most likely made by underpaid people in an somewhat oppressive country. I understand this regime is punishing people. But they are rebeling. Not supportive of violence against peaceful protests. But don’t boycott a race bc of circumstances that somewhat mirror those of other
            countries/regimes/ideals of which products you support. F1 is a product. Use it. Just like I use toothpaste. And toilet paper. You are no better then I for watching or not watching. Boycotting only robs yourself of the enjoyment of the entertainment you’ve surely paid for in the past. I don’t support Bahrain and the regime but no one is better than anyone else morally for watching or not watching.

      • david said on 23rd April 2012, 0:36

        Just think how disorganized and messed up the world would be if EVERYONE who felt injustice rebelled against it. I mean, seriously, it’s an injustice that I spent money on doughnuts this week that tasted horribly but last week tasted great. (Example, because I don’t like doughnuts that often).

  3. Am happy for Grosjean, nice to see him so joyful, doing so well… but too bad Eric maybe let his French bias get the better of him? (Anyone recall Eric and Kimi at odds last year as well…) The team probably would have won (maybe even 1-2) if Kimi had been let by immediately, for pushing Seb we see now would have had him coming up short of fuel. They were on different strategies after all.

    • yea i agree. Kimi would of have more than enough rubber to push past Vettel had he not used it up stuck behind Romain and gap Vettel enough to win the race.

    • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:42

      I think Lotus allowed both their drivers to race fair. They allowed to race fair and they get critisised for being bias towards the French and if they tell the French to allow the Finn, they are also crtisised for being bias.

      In other words, they get critisised either way, right?

      • BaKano (@bakano) said on 22nd April 2012, 21:44

        @neelv27, you are right! People say that the team favoured the driver in front by not telling him to give a free pass to the driver behind? Crazy…
        Had it been ALO, HAM or VET behind it’s team-mate and the call to let them pass done by the team, loads of people would be criticizing hard, but now Lotus that did not make any call, is criticized for favouring the French driver! Ridiculous!

    • bearforce1 (@bearforce1) said on 23rd April 2012, 6:27

      Kimmi was amazing.

      The big question is where will he drive next year?

      Every major team will want Kimmi for sure. Kimmi will have his pick of teams. I wonder which apple cart he will upset. Some number 1 driver is in for a shock when Kimi arrives at their team.

      • Alex said on 23rd April 2012, 7:10

        I hope Lotus improve on their critical decision making during the race. They seems to have good financial back up in form of Unilever, that will gladly give them more money for development if Lotus constantly show up on podium. With all that I don’t see any reason for Kimi leaving even for more money.

      • suka (@suka) said on 23rd April 2012, 7:30

        Ever since his comeback, he’s been amazing. Thank you Kimi for coming back.
        Alonso is wishing to buy his contract out of Ferrari:)

        • Alex said on 23rd April 2012, 7:43

          Kimi wins this year Championship with Lotus.
          Somehow Alonso forces his way into Lotus for 2013 and pushes Kimi to Ferrari.
          Kimi wins 2013 with Ferrari.
          Alonso: doh….

          ps. funny highly unlikely :)

      • Todfod (@todfod) said on 23rd April 2012, 9:05

        I really want to see Kimi at Mclaren again. So.. I’m hoping either Lewis and Mclaren part ways, or Jenson gets back to his mediocre ways. I know it’s only wishful thinking, but stranger things have happened.

        If not Mclaren then Kimi should replace Schumacher at Mercedes

        • Poul said on 23rd April 2012, 9:59

          Why does he even have to be in a different team? Lotus is quickly improving the car and they seem to be making less mistakes than the big guys, save maybe Red Bull.

          It is fantastic to have Kimi back and some of his overtakes were absolutely amazing. I think it was Brundle that called it “controlled aggression” and Bahrain was a prefect display of that.

          During Vettel’s dominance he’s been under less pressure from the normal pursuers than than he came yesterday from Kimi – though he came from 11th.

          Bahrain 2012 was totally Kimi’s race – just like it was in 2006. Well done, and welcome back, whichever car you drive!!

          • Todfod (@todfod) said on 23rd April 2012, 10:11

            The reason I wouldn’t want him to stay at Lotus is because of their uncertain future. Genii capital seem like they would plan an exit as soon as some good results would pump up the team’s monetary worth. Right now the Lotus group’s interests seem elsewhere.

            At Mercedes, they seem to have a bright future, and I think Kimi would be the right man to deliver.

          • Poul said on 23rd April 2012, 10:38

            @ Todfod That’s a fair point but I’m not sure the future is safer at Merc. They have good backing right now but it could be cut again if they don’t improve and their performance seems very unstable.

            Maybe Kimi wouldn’t even dare to drive another Merc. engine :-)

          • Nara (@narazdache) said on 23rd April 2012, 11:24

            Merc is also under a lot of pressure from their shareholders who would like to close down the team. That Mercedes win couldn’t come at the better moment.

            Best place for Kimi is RedBull. Especially if you look at Kimi’s rally pictures and videos you’ll see that no one else in F1 right now can sell Red Bull brand better than Kimi :))))

          • bearforce1 (@bearforce1) said on 23rd April 2012, 12:52

            I agree with Todfod. The reason Kimmi shoudl move to one of the other major teams is they are consistently better. Lotus future is a little uncertain at present.

            Still stunned by Kimmis performance.

          • Todfod (@todfod) said on 23rd April 2012, 13:32

            @narazdache . That’s right, I never thought about Red Bull.. who could find themselves to replace Webber with a more exciting prospect. And the fact that Seb and Kimi are buddies might help too.

            But if you honestly ask me, I could see Mercedes being stronger than Red Bull in a couple of years. I just think Red Bull’s era is coming to an end.

  4. nackavich (@nackavich) said on 22nd April 2012, 16:37

    A thorough recap of the race. And I’m glad a personal, subjective statement about the race was shared at the end of that piece.
    The race is now just a statistic, nothing more.

  5. What concerns me about McLaren is that it’s not just the last few races they’ve had pit troubles. As I recall they’ve consistently been slow in the pits even on good days. And the number of pit lane errors, strategy errors, etc over the past few years is incredible for such an experienced team. I don’t see how they can expect to win races, especially this year when everyone is so close, when even on a good day they’re losing 2+ seconds in a pit stop, let alone 10-20 with mistakes.

  6. James (@goodyear92) said on 22nd April 2012, 16:44

    Mclaren need to take a serious look at themselves after this weekend and really bounce back. The Drivers are doing their jobs perfectly and have had only one mistake between them (JB Malaysia). They started the season as fastest and have finished the flyaways with only one win, second in the driver’s championship, second in the constructor’s and they seemed to be about as fast as Ferrari in this race, which as we know is a dog of a car. The constant pit stop problems are ruining their chances and I’m now glad Lewis hasn’t re-signed, because if their form doesn’t improve, he should be looking elsewhere.
    Well done to Vettel, but I was hoping Kimi could win as I prefer him and it would mean minimal damage in the points for Lewis. Grosjean did a good job too. MW nice and consistent, but nothing to write home about. Nico deserves a penalty for his moves with FA and LH. We all know if it was Lewis, it wouldn’t have even been left till after the race, he would have been given one there and then. Can’t believe two things failed on JB’s car, exhaust and the diff. Ridiculous. Brilliant drive by Di Resta and Schuey aswell.

    • Snafu (@snafu) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:27

      I think (and I’m not sure) that Mclaren never did good in flyaways except Australia and china before…so I’m looking forward to see their development program take a serious step forward and bring them on top in spain…in this race they even lacked the pace needed to finish on podium and considering the characteristics of Barcelona I think it’ll be a test for them to see if they’ve quickest car or not.
      and pit stop errors…let’s not talk about those anymore…it’s just frustrating!
      they should really look into that rear left wheel nut!

      • James (@goodyear92) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:36

        No they haven’t these past few years and Lewis normally gets in the groove abit more when the European season kicks off. I think it would have been close for a podium with LH, if they had got all three pit stops in the 3 sec window. Their fastest for him, 5.4 secs, which is ridiculous with the field as tight as it is. You just can’t afford to be throwing away that much time every race. In this one they cost him nearly 20 secs, unbelieveable. Their pace was the most shocking thing though, barely keeping touch with the Ferraris. You’re right, they really need to make their mark in Spain with updates, strategy and having a weekend with no pit stop problems. Let’s wait and see.

      • BBT (@bbt) said on 22nd April 2012, 19:00

        in this race they even lacked the pace needed to finish on podium and considering the characteristics of Barcelona I think it’ll be a test for them to see if they’ve quickest car or not.

        Mclaren having the quickest car is already in the distant past, they might regret not scoring more points in the first few races.
        There race pace is poor (by their standards) even without the pitstop errors

        • Snafu (@snafu) said on 22nd April 2012, 19:39

          well at least this season they started with fastest car, so the car is good in it’s essentials…but I think they just dropped the ball in development area after Malaysia…maybe they want to bring their big guns in Mugello?? we have to wait and see…

    • Libellula (@ladyf1fanatic) said on 22nd April 2012, 18:59

      Good JOB McLaren! CONGRATS Sam Michael! i saw what’s the utility of your job did there…:-( :-( I’ve never been so deluded in all my f1 life. thank you for this poor show, for screwing Lewis HAMILTON for the 3rd time in the race and showing to the world your dedication to him, since he’s always lost position during a race, time in the pit-stops this season… keep it up! you’ll never win again! but i know karma is a bitch…TO BE CONTINUED!

      • I have commented on the subject before this race, and the indications are even clearer now..

        I think McLaren made smaller changes to the car this year than the other teams. After all they allready had a nose that was low enough for the new regulations. that meant that McLaren was able to produce an evolution of last years car changing only the back of the car du to the new exhaust requirements. McLaren could actually revert to their car from pre-season testing in 2011 (before they startet copying Red Bull), fix the problems with that car and have a pretty known entity for the beginning of 2012. I was thus not surprised McLaren hit the ground running in 2012.

        The other teams had to make more fundamental changes to their cars. That meant their cars were more of an unknown entity when they started the season.

        What does this and the development during the first four races mean?

        In my opinion it might mean that the McLarens as an evolutionary car was closer to the car`s maximum potential when the season started than the other teams. That`s the reason we see the other teams closing up and even pass McLaren in terms of performance as these teams get to grip with their new designs. It might also mean that the configuration with a higher front end and a stepped nose has greater potential than McLarens low front end..

        I don`t know, but the fact that several teams have been able to beat McLaren in different conditions indicate that McLaren might struggle even more as more and more teams get to grips with the setup of their cars.
        McLaren better get their act together and score big points while they still have an advantage.

  7. OOliver said on 22nd April 2012, 16:52

    The moment they stopped Button first, I knew Mclaren were taking themselves out of contention for a podium or 4th position.
    It was inconsequential that Hamilton had a slow pit stop, Mclaren had dropped back even further behind Webber.
    They were already failing on the strategy side, pit errors were for desert.
    The team is doing great at intreviews though.

    • DaveW (@dmw) said on 23rd April 2012, 0:39

      My moment of clarity came when grosjean blew by Hamilton like he was chained to a post. I had to rub my eyes and wonder if i just saw a lotus slash whatever dust a mclaren like it was a backmarker.

      • dragon said on 23rd April 2012, 7:01

        you can thank Pirelli for that. Lotus were just ‘getting their tyres to work’

        No wonder Schumacher is disillusioned enough to speak his mind

  8. mixwell (@mixwell) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:00

    Amazing drive by Vettel, Kimi

    Very happy to see Grosjean on the podium. I hope to see him more often.

    McLaren (and Merc) need to stop making errors in the pitlane. They have two of the most talented drivers but the team mistakes cost them badly.
    Merc have a gem of a car compared to some of the teams and they can fight for podiums if they work on the reliability. It pains to see Schumi out of the race or having to switch gearboxes (same for McLaren / Ham) .

    I maybe a fan of Vettel / Alonso / Button (in that order) but i’d love to see these teams sort their issues so we can have even more cracking races in the future.

  9. MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:09

    I for one was really impressed by Di Resta’s drive. I think he had one race last year where in the wet he matched Webber or Button for pace. Apart from that Vettel deserved the win. The way he drove keeping Kimi behind him for those crucial 8-10 laps was really superb. At the same time Kimi drove like a champion, making places at the start, then overtaking everyone in front of him and most of them were un-assisted. Romain Grosjean had a beautiful drive as well matching Kimi on many occaisons, Lotus have a great team. Another off day for McLaren and Ferrari might be happy that they finished not too far away from McLaren.

    On a side note I hope we can leave the issues of Bahrain behind us now. I think all of us on this site had some opinion about the event and it has probably led to some really somber debates here. At the end F1 for me was about fun which this weekend clearly was not, with all the issues. I wish the next 3 weeks sees a return to normalcy for F1 as a sport and the fans as well.

  10. David said on 22nd April 2012, 17:16

    What a load of old tosh! That must qualify as one of the most boring races in Grand Prix history.
    No wonder Bernie Ecclestone doesnt even know the names of the UK’s political parties – he has lost the plot and his grip on reality.

  11. matt90 (@matt90) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:24

    Behind him Hamilton and Webber held their positions at the start, but Grosjean made a superb getaway to take up third behind the Red Bull.

    @keithcollantine Fourth?

  12. bt55 said on 22nd April 2012, 17:26

    1. was vettel using the new spec or old.spec car today?
    2. who is the Mclaren built around this year? jenson or Lewis?

  13. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:34

    A few things stuck out about this race for me.

    Lotus’ great pace was quite a surprise and a pleasant one at that. Raikkonen really could have won had things gone a bit more his way.

    After Red Bull struggling with tyres earlier in the season, they seem to be managing them better than anybody els enow (well at this race anyway).

    McLaren have issue with their pitstops and really need to sort it out. They couldn’t win today but could have placed higher. Strange issue for Button too! They have had slow pitstops ever since refueling was banned, especially compared to ferrari and red bull.

    Webber had a rather quiet race.

    Paul di Resta had a fantastic race. He is a very intelligent racing driver with skills to match.

    Rosbergs defending was a disgrace today.

  14. infy (@infy) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:38

    “The Bahrain Grand Prix is history for this year. The annals of motor racing will remember Sebastian Vettel as its winner.

    But this weekend the sport was a sideshow. Formula 1 allowed those with a political agenda to exploit it, and brought shame on itself by holding this race.”

    Speak for yourself…

    • F1fanNL (@) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:44


      I didn’t see any propaganda, I didn’t see any political statements.
      I saw a race between 24 cars on a Tilke track. Just like we’ll see a few times more this season and have seen a lot in the past.

      In 3 weeks time nobody here will even mention Bahrein. So disappointing to see Keith join the hypocrisy and (ab)use the sport to make a political statement.

      • raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 22nd April 2012, 18:00

        Actually there’s a lot of propaganda that is centralising itself around f1 in Bahrain right now.

        Here is a very light example.

        • F1fanNL (@) said on 22nd April 2012, 18:56

          But there’s nothing like that we see on screen during the race.

          It would have been an entirely different matter if there’d been propaganda or political statements in the FOM coverage.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 22nd April 2012, 19:15

            It might have been different, had it not been FOM that broadcast the race. Bernie was never much likely to allow any of that to get on screen, was he?

          • raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 22nd April 2012, 19:57

            Yes but Keith only said using the race for political agenda – not necessarily through the TV.

      • sid_prasher (@) said on 22nd April 2012, 20:01

        I agree…the world media has milked the story enough and will soon forget about it until something major happens there. The sad thing is pressure is being mounted on a sporting body instead of world governments to do something about the situation there.

      • dennis (@dennis) said on 23rd April 2012, 7:49

        If anything, I feel that with all the reports about protests and human rights violations, what Forumula 1 did was bringing those issues back into peoples minds.

        I’m sorry, but those protests run for over a year now. And apparently no one seemed to give a crap. Now when Formula 1 appears at the scene, suddenly everyone is a human rights activist. In my opinion, the race was good. And what it did as a positive side effect was exploit the government as the criminals they are, especially because they tried so hard to hide it.

        I can’t possibly be the only one who thinks it’s a good thing to have at least one way to remind people of the situation there, even if it is through F1, as opposed to bailing out and not going there for political correctness, so that everyone can go on living in bliss and not have to see people being oppressed by their government.

        • Ben Curly (@ben-curly) said on 23rd April 2012, 9:01

          “… so that everyone can go on living in bliss and not have to see people being oppressed by their government”.

          But that’s exactly the image promoted by the al Khalifa family, with the help of Bernie and FIA. “We are all big, happy, unif1ed country and no one is being oppressed here”.

          • dennis (@dennis) said on 23rd April 2012, 11:04

            I agree, but boy has it worked!!

            There’s literally NOTHING in the press about people protesting and reporters getting sticks thrown between their legs. If anything, we were all witnesses of what a farce the government there tried to get through with. And it has not worked. And now that we’ve all seen this stuff, we might think of actual ways to help those people in Bahrain instead of trying to block Bernie’s interweb access…

  15. Vettel1992 (@vettel1992) said on 22nd April 2012, 17:40


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