MPs repeat call for Bahrain Grand Prix cancellation

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Start, Bahrain, 2012In the round-up: Britain’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Democracy in Bahrain calls for the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix.


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MPs call for Bahrain GP cancellation (BBC)

“Last year’s race was held under conditions of martial law. Three hundred protesters were arrested, some spending months in jail.”

Ecclestone willing to meet Bahrain opposition (Reuters)

“I wish they could sort things out. If there are any problems, which there are obviously – people are not making trouble if there are no problems – then they could get it sorted out.”

Bahrain protests precede Formula One race (Al Jazeera)

“There has been a week of protests in the kingdom ahead of the country’s Formula One Grand Prix from April 19 to 21.”

Perceptions and realities in Bahrain (Joe Saward)

“Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt, the men who make the decisions about F1 being in Bahrain, do not want to be involved in Bahraini politics. They don?σΤιΌΤδσt want to have to deal with the perceptions that exist that F1 is somehow supporting the government and condoning the violence.”

Ecclestone threatens Brazilian GP shift (Sina English)

“The design of the circuit is among the best in the world but the facilities for the teams and fans are the worst on the calendar.”

F1 needs rookie rethink – Sauber (Autosport)

Monisha Kaltenborn: “I am not trying to justify [Esteban Gutierrez’s crash], but to not have any Friday sessions to practice in, and then come in to a world of F1 where there is a lot of pressure because there are only a limited amount of opportunities to score points, is very hard.”

Paul Hembery on the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix (F1 Fanatic via YouTube)

Perfect prediction (Sky)

Mark Hughes: “The crucial moment of understanding for Alonso came in Friday afternoon practice as he did his qualifying simulation on the very delicate soft option tyre.”

Chinese Fireworks (ESPN)

“This was a weird moment down at Red Bull on Saturday morning. I captured it as a mechanic sprayed an extinguisher on to the exhaust and engine cover, but I couldn’t see if there had actually been a fire.”

Why Sir Stirling Moss is wrong about women and motor racing (The Guardian)

“[GT4 racer Zoe] Wenham believes she can compete on an equal footing with men. ‘It’s really good to be in the helmet and the car. You’re all equal at that point ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ there’s no long hair or big blue eyes coming into play,’ she says. ‘There’s always going to be these comments, ‘Oh, you were beaten by that girl,’ but there are more women in motor racing than ever. So hopefully someone can prove Sir Stirling wrong.'”

Crumpet-gate (The Buxton Blog)

“While I have the utmost respect for Sir Stirling Moss and all that he has achieved, his opinions on the suitability of women to drive Formula 1 cars in the modern era is really rather inconsequential.”


Comment of the day

Are the tyre complaints just history repeating?

We were faced with the same problem last year: the teams complained bitterly about the tyres. And yet, by the middle of the season, they understood the tyres so well that the complaints simply melted away.

Did anybody protest the tyres after the German Grand Prix? I can?σΤιΌΤδσt recall a single complaint, much less a chorus of them. Even the drivers who were the most critical ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ quietened down before long. The tyres worked in 2012 once the teams and drivers understood them; it was just a matter of figuring them out.

I think we need to take the teams?σΤιΌΤδσ complaints with a grain of salt as they will always lobby for what is best for them. Are they really struggling as much as they are making out, or are they just trying to get out of doing some work and maybe pick up an advantage along the way?

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68 comments on MPs repeat call for Bahrain Grand Prix cancellation

  1. N C (@nickilism) said on 17th April 2013, 10:28

    As from the Pirelli video, when Paul Hembery was talking about different race strategy between the drivers did you notice Button 3 stints all with medium tyres? Was that for real? Didn’t he use the softer compound somewhere in the race? I saw the race Sunday morning but I can’t actually remember his tyre choice.

  2. Adam Blocker (@blockwall2) said on 17th April 2013, 12:11

    Kimi couldn’t be in the picture with Webber and Alonso……..he was having a ****.

  3. If MPs were so concerned about Bahrain, they would have been urging for Bernie to cancel it weeks ago, not 3 days before Practice when all the teams are already there. Surely if the situation was that bad all the popular media would be jumping on the bandwagon as well. Not seen anything on the main BBC page or anything like that so far.

    • sonia luff (@sonia54) said on 17th April 2013, 19:38

      well said mate

    • Palle (@palle) said on 18th April 2013, 0:07

      Some protesters from recent years have been sentenced lifelong imprisonment for even non-violent protests against the Kingdom’s non-democratic rule. We don’t hear much about these protesters, because they can’t protest any more. Perhaps Bernie don’t care because his rule over F1 has more resemblance with the Bahrain Kingdom, than with a modern democracy. Last year I didn’t watch the race and I didn’t vote, but this year I think I’ll enjoy the show, because my protest doesn’t change anything in Bahrain.

  4. I suppose if you made the tyres out of wood the teams, by the second half of the season, would have found a way to get the maximum out of wooden tyres.

    It does not follow that wooden tyres are a good idea though.

    If F1 fans are so desirous of a level playing field then there are a number of better and more honest ways of getting it instead of this cynical fiddling with the tyres. One option would be to abolish the current teams and simply make F1 another spec series. I get the impression that’s what a lot of people want anyway.

  5. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 17th April 2013, 16:08

    @keithcollantine will we have the predictions championship for Bahrain this time?

  6. nidzovski (@nidzovski) said on 17th April 2013, 19:21

    “Ecclestone willing to meet Bahrain opposition (Reuters)” . He’ll ask the oppositon: well ok, let’s talk about the money.

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