Ecclestone considering Bahrain for season opener

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Start, Bahrain Grand Prix, 2010In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone considers making the Bahrain Grand Prix the F1 season opener despite further protests.


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Bahrain protests grow as Bernie Ecclestone considers city for F1 start (The Guardian)

“Bernie Ecclestone is considering launching next year’s Formula One season in Bahrain. As tension built here on Friday, with an estimated 10,000 pro-democracy demonstrators gathering at Budaiya Highway in the afternoon and more serious trouble expected overnight, Ecclestone’s stance could be seen as provocative.”

ITV news crew forced out of Bahrain as it reported on anti-F1 clashes

“A British TV crew has been forced to leave Bahrain by the country’s authorities as they reported on the violent clashes taking place in the build-up to the Grand Prix.”

Bahrain Grand Prix: FIA & FOM joint statement (FIA)

“The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Formula One Management (FOM) wish to jointly confirm their belief that the Bahrain GP should go ahead this weekend, following assurances from the local promoter and the authorities that security, their responsibility, will be guaranteed for all participants.”

Ferrari, Lotus not getting carried away (Autosport)

Kimi Raikkonen: “It didn’t feel particularly good today. I think there are improvements to be done but the lap time was pretty OK.”

McLaren question Hamilton’s version of events (Reuters)

“Lewis knew he shouldn’t have been in our garage in the first place, just as all team personnel know they shouldn’t enter rival teams’ garages.”

Webber dismisses F1 exit rumours (BBC)

“People are putting two and two together and getting a bit more than they should do.”

Seeing is not believing (ESPN)

“Most of us sitting at home don?t have either that knowledge or, dare it be said, the wish to see the 56 laps as a game of high-speed chess. We would quite like to witness a race.”


Comment of the day

@TheBladeRunner on Lewis Hamilton’s ejection from the McLaren garage in Jerez:

Let me give you a scenario:

You run a sales company and your top performer has left your business to work for a rival in the same industry. This is despite your considerable efforts to retain his services. 4 months later he wanders into your company?s sales room whilst his former colleagues are busy working and wants to ??shoot the breeze??. What do you do?

Anybody with half a brain or more would do what Sam Michael did and ask them to leave!

I admire Lewis as a driver. He is massively talented and has always been exciting to watch. As a person though, the more he reveals himself the more immature and frustrating I find him. The fact that he cannot see the reason why Michaels reacted the way he did says more about Lewis than anybody else.

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On this day in F1

Michael Schumacher won the San Marino Grand Prix for Ferrari ten years ago today. But it was a sombre result for him and brother Ralf, who finished fourth, as their mother had passed away the night before.

The pair had started from the front row and the Williams held the lead early. But the elder Schumacher’s three-stop fuel strategy meant he was able to jump into the lead without overtaking his brother.

Kimi Raikkonen claimed second ahead of Rubens Barrichello.

Here’s Schumacher taking pole position for the race by 14 thousandths of a second after running wide at the Variante Alta chicane:

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51 comments on Ecclestone considering Bahrain for season opener

  1. tobinen (@tobinen) said on 20th April 2013, 10:58

    Those screaming V10s sounded fantastic!

  2. liam (@) said on 20th April 2013, 12:15

    Who’s to say there will even be a Dictatorship in 2 years never-mind a grand prix. Bernie should just keep his trap shut, and stop politicking F1 for his own gain.

  3. Jubameister said on 20th April 2013, 16:41

    Bahrain doesnt deserve to be a season opener. Fill up those grand stands first, create an athmosphere and then we can have look at this again. Melbourne beats Sakhir 100-0. If it wasnt just about money, nobody would even mention anything like this.

  4. HawkAussie (@hawkaussie) said on 21st April 2013, 1:26

    Give me Australia as the start any day. At least it’s be a perfect start to the season.

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