The Bahrain International circuit

The Bahrain International circuit, Photo courtesy of Allan Donque

As we have mentioned the Bahrian Grand Prix looks in doubt already, the FIA and Formula One Admisinstration though have kept the official line as ‘There is no reason to doubt that the Bahrain GP will go ahead’, they would be unlikely to say anything else though until the point it is cancelled of course and it is becoming a line that is now looking even less believable.

 

A high profile list of MPs and peers in the UK have called on the FIA to cancel the race, this list includes Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, Lord Alton, Lord Avebury, Baroness Falkner of Margravine, Lord Hylton, Caroline Lucas and Lord Boswell who wrote an open letter to The Times newspaper.

 

They wrote, “The continued political crisis in Bahrain is a troubling source of instability in the Gulf region, and the lack of any move towards political reconciliation concerns those who wish to see Bahrain move in the direction of greater democratic accountability.” They then went on to go over the facts about a lack of reconciliation in the country between the Government and opposition groups.

 

The FIA has in the past claimed that they believe Bahrian has taken big step forward while many activists in the UK, Bahrain and elsewhere argue that human rights violations continue but are simply ignored by western media. Only last week news came out that a British man had been attacked and had his fingers cut off by government forces, what this suggests could be happen being to Bahraini citizens can only be imagined; there are even stories that many employees of the Sakhir circuit accused of having celebrated the cancellation of the race in 2011 were cancelled.

 

The group of politicians finished their letter with “Until it takes concerted measures to reform the electoral, penal and judicial processes, international observers as well as ordinary Bahrainis can have little confidence that Bahrain is on the path to reform and political stability. We urge the FIA to reconsider its decision to continue with the race.” As mentioned before though and as happened in 2011 it still seems likely that the Bahraini government will force the cancelling of the race: wishing to ensure the event doesn’t become a window for the world in to the situation in the country, tickets for the Grand Prix in April are yet to go on sale.