The Bahrain International circuit

Photo courtesy of Allan Donque

The Bahrain Grand Prix that would have been the opening race of the season has been reinstated after marshall law in the country ceased two days ago. Whether the race will go ahead on  it’s new date of the 30th of October remains to be seen however as many concerns remain. These concerns include continued Human Rights violations that have been reported by a number of interntional observers and human rights chairities over the last few days. Many people feel that even an end to these abuses is not enough to warrant the Grand Prix being reinstated following the way the Bahrain Government has cracked down on protestors since February.

Back in February much of the concern that led to pre season testing and the season opening grand prix being cancelled and postponed respectively, was the risk to visiting Formula One fans and teams. These concerns must still remain and could still lead to the Grand Prix being cancelled again: as could international sanctions that could be imposed if abuses continue or more documentary evidence of previous and ongoing abuses are presented to the United Nations or individual governments.

There are others as well who could still derail the Grand Prix, the Bahrain Government itself may force the Grand Prix to be cancelled if they feel it will give a chance to rebels to protest and make their voices heard while the world’s media is focused on the tiny nation.

The Formula One Teams as well could still decide not to attend the race: they are legally obliged to attend but a united front by FOTA would tie the hands of Bernie Ecclestone and he would at least be unable to take a hard stance for fear of increasing the chances of a break away series. A statement is yet to be made by FOTA or any team but several team staff and drivers have already stated their disappointment: it may be that individuals will choose to boycott the race, or perhaps even fans.

June 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm by admin
Category: Circuit News, F1 Comment
Tags: bahrain, Bahrain Grand Prix, bahrain human rights, FOTA