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BBC Sport - F1 - F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone to await Bahrain developments

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will wait for developments in Bahrain before deciding whether the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix can go ahead.

Concerns about the race on 13 March follow unrest which has seen three people killed and 231 injured.

Ecclestone initially told BBC Sport on Friday that he had been told there were "no problems" in Bahrain.

But he later admitted the situation had deteriorated, adding: "We should wait and see what happens over the weekend."

Ecclestone added that a decision could be made next Tuesday or Wednesday.

There are also reports that the team managers have been in a 2 hour meeting discussing wether the final testing session, due to happen in bahrain might instead be shifted to Barcelona. The Barcelona track is available on the requested dates.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 02:06:09 PM EST
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Let's see how many people can be massacred by the Bahraini army for the sake of Bernie Ecclestone...

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 02:14:25 PM EST
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Thoughts on the season-opening race « Joe Saward's Grand Prix Blog

In the current circumstances it is difficult to understand how anyone can even consider holding a Formula 1 race in this country in three weeks from now. If the violence continues or if the security clampdown succeeds in stopping the people taking to the streets, then no-one in F1 would be safe travelling to Bahrain as the Grand Prix would offer such an opportunity for protesters to make their point that there would either be violence if the authorities tried to stop them going to the circuit, or the race would be held behind a cordon of tanks and military personnel.

Neither scenario is good for Formula One.

In any case, the teams, promoter and other interested parties, such as TV companies, will have trouble getting any insurance for their crews and equipment... There is clearly a case for force majeure and while some money will be lost for those who are shipping equipment to Bahrain, rather than flying it in and out, it is probably better for F1 if none of its equipment goes into Bahrain at the moment, as it is needed just a few days later in Australia.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 08:01:16 PM EST
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How thoughtless of all those dead people. I hope they're ashamed of themselves.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 08:03:20 PM EST
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In one of the strangest interviews of recent times, the Beeboid constantly hmmmed (in frustration or delight?), as Bernie Ecclestone plonked his size fives right in it. Again.

The BBC is in between a rock and hard place, whilst cheering on the peoples uprisings of the Middle East and forever force feeding us its message in terms of Manmade Global Warming it is desperate to retain Formula One which, like one of its most popular shows, Top Gear, is starkly at odds with its fiercely political agenda.

Never has Bernie Ecclestone sounded as lacking in conviction or understanding. The interview, which sounds as though it was recorded whilst the F1 supremo was doing the washing up, sees him truly struggling, while his comment that "hopefully it will blow over" was truly cringeworthy.

There have been enough scandals in recent years, enough times when F1 has well and truly shot itself in the foot. Yet here is Ecclestone, with the aid of a Beeboid accomplice, willingly releasing the safety catch and seemingly taking slow careful aim at an appendage which already has more holes than a sieve.

If ever F1 needed a quick thinking PR person this is it, for as the Daily Mail prepares to publish another chapter from Tom Bower's tawdry tome, one wonders what will happen when serious journalists turn their attention on the sport.

By taking action now, by appearing to take a stance and definitively saying that the Bahrain Grand Prix will not go ahead, the sport can still come out of this with some vestige of honour. After the numerous scandals of recent times, what we don't need is for Formula One to make another serious mistake, another major error of judgement.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 19th, 2011 at 11:44:13 AM EST
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BBC Sport - F1 - Bernie Ecclestone to let Bahrain decide on grand prix

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he will leave the decision on whether to hold next month's Bahrain Grand Prix to the country's crown prince.

The season-opening race is in doubt following unrest that has seen six people killed after police fired live rounds at protestors demanding reform.

Ecclestone told BBC Sport that crown prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifah was best placed to make the call.

"He will decide whether it's safe for us to be there," Ecclestone said.

"I've no idea. I'm not there, so I don't know."

He added: "We won't advise people to go unless it's safe."

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 07:16:23 AM EST
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