Bahrain reinstated to the F1 Calendar
Concerns mount over Bahrain decision
As you probably have all heard by now, Bahrain will return to the Formula 1 calendar on 30th October 2011
. The FIA and F1's governing body all agreed unanimously on Friday to have the race restored to this season's calendar. ...Just to refresh your memory with the situation in Bahrain, Pro-democracy demonstrations earlier on in the year had caused fatalities and hundreds of protesters to be detained which then led to the cancellation of the race. But last wednesday a state of emergency in the Gulf Kingdom was lifted, and protesters have called upon the teams to boycott the race. Since the decision was made there has been alot of backlash from not only the public, but also from F1 drivers themselves. Anti-governmernt protesters have threatened a 'day of rage' and now teams are naturally reluctant to commit to racing in Bahrain. Mark webber has openly expressed his uncertainty
When people in a country are being hurt, the issues are bigger than sport. F1 and sport in general isn't above having a social responsibility and a conscience. As a competitor I do not feel comfortable going there to compete in an event where, despite reassurances to the contrary, it seems inevitable that it will cause more tension for the people of that country
Human rights groups have also condemned the decision and labelling the move as a 'kick in the teeth' for the Bahraini people. They believe that money has trumped human rights and good judgement. What really matters is safety and ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, the F1 teams are expected to discuss their response to the situation this week.