Ecclestone: Bahrain “stupid” to put on race

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says the Bahrain government is “stupid” to put on an F1 race because it serves as a target for protesters.


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Bernie Ecclestone strikes again with ‘stupid’ remark in Bahrain (The Guardian)

“We believe the government were in a way really stupid to put this race on [because] it’s a platform for people to use for protesting.”

Ecclestone calm despite violence (The Telegraph)

“The travel of journalists has been closely monitored by the authorities this week, with police patrol cars installed on every stretch of motorway, and the ITN team of five led by Omaar were last night ordered to leave Bahrain after trying to report on the violent clashes.”

Bahrain F1 race to go ahead amid tensions, protests (Reuters)

“Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa said over 15,000 people visited the circuit on Friday and more were expected on Sunday, despite the unrest. He dismissed the suggestion the government was using the race to paper over human rights abuses.”

Q&A with Lotus?s Kimi Raikkonen (F1)

“I haven?t thought [2014] that yet – I feel good here. But yes, there are many things that are undecided and there is still a long way to go this season, so let?s see how things unfold. We will see pretty significant changes when teams switch to their 2014 car development – and then it will be interesting to see what is going on.”

Debris caused Hamilton’s tyre drama (Autosport)

“Pirelli’s conclusion is based upon its intial analysis of the tyre, along with the fact that Giedo van der Garde suffered a similar problem.”

Button: It was nice to make Q3 (Sky)

“I’ve been in Q3 at every race this year, which we definitely did not expect at the first race.”

Comment of the day

@Joshua-Mesh believes Massa’s alternative strategy will pay off:

I expect Massa to have to begin overtaking the top three once their tyres begin to drop off.

Alonso set his fastest qualifying time (Q1) on the hards, so it should only be a lap or two before Massa starts to catch them. Once they pit he will be in clean air and should be able to really make a challenge.

Alonso will want to get ahead of at least Vettel so that he?s not attacked by Massa early on. Considering Vettel is a fast starter, I expect him to stay ahead of Alonso. Rosberg is a bit of an unknown when it comes to starts.

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On this day in F1

Jim Clark won the non-championship Imola Grand Prix 50 years ago today. The race was held at the Autodromo di Castellaccio, which was later renamed the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, and held world championship races from 1980 to 2006.

Unusually no Ferraris started the race, John Surtees’ entry being withdrawn as it wasn’t ready. Jo Siffert finished second, his Lotus powered by BRM as opposed to Clark’s Climax engine, and Bob Anderson was third in a Lola.

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