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Bahrain GP, NOT

Post by Danny Boy on Fri Jan 20 2012, 04:05

Can't really see it going ahead.

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Post by Revs on Fri Jan 20 2012, 10:42

if they go there, its grounds to boycott the whole circus.
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Post by Gelert on Fri Jan 20 2012, 19:36

Revs wrote:if they go there, its grounds to boycott the whole circus.
It's certainly grounds for serious thought - and a heavy sigh after I'd watched that video.

Dunno - what can WE do...? Write to Sky to say that we're not going to watch the race - that's not really likely to work as individuals. And quite honestly, I don't know enough / have enough vested interest to personally start a campaign.

Now - if Webbo / A.N.Other driver (perhaps NOT Maldonado!) and /or a "historic" team (perhaps leave Willys out of this?) launched a questionnaire / on-line campaign - that might carry enough weight and kudos to get the ball rolling. And then rely on the snowball effect...?

Let us know of any such campaigns eh, DB?

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Post by Danny Boy on Sat Jan 21 2012, 00:27

Gelert wrote:

Let us know of any such campaigns eh, DB?

Will do, also the F1 GP game when the site is running.
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Post by PLAYLIFE on Mon Jan 23 2012, 04:51

I don't think a strike by any number of drivers/teams will do anything unless it was more than half the field. Unless they were prepared to boycott the whole season on the back of it, I don't think anything would come of it.

Formula 1 still went to South Africa during the apartheid.
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Post by Gelert on Thu Feb 09 2012, 20:17

What u on about, DB...? It's all perfectly safe...

Last month, Ecclestone suggested that the troubles in Bahrain were nothing to be concerned about.
"Everyone talks a lot about this part of the world, but Bahrain is the country in the region where there are the fewest problems," said Ecclestone in an interview with the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper.



Big Bernie has spoken - thus all is well in the world.

Plus a major campaign was launched in The Times by a load of Lords n'stuff that'll sort it all out:



FIA urged to drop the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix amid continued unrest
By Jonathan Noble Thursday, February 9th 2012, 12:34 GMT http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/97447

Bahrain GPThe FIA has been urged by a group of British politicians to reconsider its decision to let the Bahrain Grand Prix go ahead, in the wake of fresh troubles in the Gulf state.

While Formula 1 chiefs are unmoved about the ongoing situation in Bahrain, the topic returned to the news agenda on Thursday when reports emerged of a British man having his fingers chopped off after being attacked in Karranah, which is near Manama.

With matters being far from calm in Bahrain, members of the House of Lords have written on open letter to The Times newspaper to make clear their views on the situation.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, Lord Alton, Lord Avebury, Baroness Falkner of Margravine, Lord Hylton, Caroline Lucas and Lord Boswell all backed the call for the FIA to think again about letting the Bahrain GP go ahead.

"Sir, We note with concern the decision by Formula 1 to go ahead with the race in Bahrain scheduled for April," they wrote in The Times.

"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."

After explaining that they had hoped the outcome of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) would have helped calm the situation, they said that in fact the opposite had happened.

"Two months on we see an entrenchment of the positions of both sides which risks letting more extreme voices dictate the progress of the conflict," added the letter. "Given the current dire situation, with daily street protests and the deaths of more civilians, we do not believe that the time is right for Formula 1 to return to Bahrain."

They added: "Bahrain is a major trading hub and financial centre in the Middle East but this brings greater responsibility. Human rights and economic stability go hand in hand and the government of Bahrain must do more to persuade international events and corporations that Bahrain is a stable place to do business.

"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."

The FIA and F1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone have so far appeared unmoved by the situation in Bahrain.

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Post by gueuzeman on Fri Mar 16 2012, 12:37

It's all just a warm-up for the Syrian GP.

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Post by da silva on Thu Apr 19 2012, 23:46

Really looking forward to this GP. The track is reverting back to pre 2010 so the racing should be good.
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Post by PLAYLIFE on Fri Apr 20 2012, 05:50

A member of the Force India team has returned home from the Bahrain Grand Prix in the wake of fellow team members getting involved in an incident on the way home from the circuit on Wednesday night.

A hire car with four Force India mechanics was accidentally caught up in a clash between protestors and police on the main motorway in to Manama. After being forced to come to a halt, a Molotov cocktail exploded near their car - although luckily no one was injured.

Although the team members were able to return to their hotel, and the incident was not as a result of them being targeted because they are part of the F1 community, it was enough for another member of the Force India team to feel that they would prefer not to remain in the Gulf State.

The four mechanics involved in the incident, that took place shortly after nightfall in Bahrain, will continue with their duties for the remainders of the weekend.

Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed R Alzayani played down the matter, and said he would not request any tighter security as a result of what happened.

"It was an isolated incident, and my wife was involved too," he said. "The protestors were not targeting the cars, they just happened to be there. Nobody was injured.

"I don't command the police; they know what to do better than I do. I have a race to run."

The Force India incident has come despite assurances from the FIA and Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone that the Gulf state is completely safe for holding this weekend's grand prix.
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Post by Gelert on Fri Apr 20 2012, 20:30

Why has Bernie failed to realise (and therefore react appropriately) that the "F1 Circus" plus associated Global Media, will be a magnet for trouble...? Rolling Eyes

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Post by gueuzeman on Sat Apr 21 2012, 14:09

From ESPN (f1live) live blog of qually-

15:04


The finger comes out from Vettel in celebration.

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Can I go puke now?

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Post by da silva on Sat Apr 21 2012, 16:08

Great Q. Finger boy's celebration is really annoying.
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Post by gueuzeman on Sun Apr 22 2012, 23:09

Good race- Kimi makes me proud. Lots of action everywhere. Fingerboy deserved the win I guess. McLaren pit crew? WTF?

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Post by eso on Mon Apr 23 2012, 03:54

I got some much needed sleep this morning, thus missing the race. How did Kimi end up there?


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Post by PLAYLIFE on Mon Apr 23 2012, 07:37

Top race by both Lotus drivers. For whatever reason, they had the legs on both compounds.

Rosberg's defensive driving emulated Schumacher in Hungary on Rubens. But Rosberg did it twice, once to Hamilton and once to Alonso. Very hard aggressive racing on the borderline of fair but in my mind legal (just).

As for the whole Bahrain being unsafe, apart from the Force India 'incident', all went through without a hitch, including GP2 and Porsche Supercup.

Most reported that the description of the situation there (in terms of safety) from the media back home was totally wrong (at this point in time anyway).
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Post by gueuzeman on Mon Apr 23 2012, 13:30

es0- How did Kimi end up there?

Awesomeness? Smile

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Post by gueuzeman on Mon Apr 23 2012, 13:35

Also- Reuters story on the race obviously not written by a race fan, much talk about the politics/demonstrations, And this line- "High security kept trouble well away from the track, where Red Bull's Vettel led an uneventful race before half-empty stands."

Uneventful?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/22/us-bahrain-grandprix-idUSBRE83J07R20120422

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Post by Gelert on Mon Apr 23 2012, 19:32

gueuzeman wrote:Also- Reuters story on the race obviously not written by a race fan, much talk about the politics/demonstrations, And this line- "High security kept trouble well away from the track, where Red Bull's Vettel led an uneventful race before half-empty stands."
Nobody crashed. Nobody ate ice-cream half-way through the race. It didn't rain. And Vettel won. Yup - uneventful just about covers it.

BOLLOX - a FANTASTIC race: If BigJohn had let Kimi past, Kimster would have won that...! Rosberg using Schummi-tactix now that he's got his first WDC win under his belt. McLaren having a full-on 'mare. And some great action all the way through the field.
OK - so not Canada 2011 - but a great pot-boiler nonetheless.

Note to Bernie: Bring back Turkey NOW! If so few people at a GP (Bahrain 2012) is "a success", then Turkey is a guaranteed "success" - it ain't the politics, it's the track and the racing.
Note to Valencia: start sorting your track out now people - you're a yawn-fest waiting to happen.

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Post by PLAYLIFE on Tue Apr 24 2012, 07:33

If they were racing in Turkey this year the norm would be a 5 stopper!
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