In the round-up: The FIA’s decision to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix is criticised.
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“Motor Sport believes this decision to reinstate the Bahrain GP on to the 2011 calendar is the perfect opportunity for the Formula One Teams Association to take a stand. The teams should speak as one and boycott the Bahrain race.”
“One team source said last night: ‘The teams have repeatedly told Ecclestone they do not want to go on moral or any other grounds. This has gone down badly and could turn into as big a row as we have ever seen in the sport.'”
“Allegedly all 26 members voted to reinstate the race – as ‘a whitewash’. Oddly, considering the fact that FOTA’s 12-strong membership was supposedly unanimously opposed to returning to Bahrain this year, one of those World Council representatives was Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali.”
“The sport – if it is a sport at all and not just an inflated commercial platform – should be capable of recognising those who have died for a better cause, for the sake of human rights and greater freedoms; and that they have been dying in Bahrain since February.”
“Read copiously both sides of Bahrain story. Talked to friends and associates who live there. Thought long and hard about it. Mistake to reinstate Grand Prix.”
“Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets as hundreds of protesters marched towards Pearl Square in Manama today following the funeral of an elderly woman who died yesterday from the effects of tear gas, [head of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights Mohamed] Al-Maskati said.”
“Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, says personal interests have been put above human rights following the decision to reinstate the Bahrain GP.”
“In a worst case scenario, the Bahrain event will be targeted by the opposition in order to draw attention to their plight. Security will be very tight, although the government cannot hope to protect everyone in the F1 circus 24 hours a day, and the fear is that the opposition will use desperate measures and that people will get hurt.”
“Note nothing on bringing back in-season testing in today’s FIA announcement.”
“There are two new tracks, improved handling, oscillating bodywork, improved damage, revamped pit stops, 2011 rule additions, enhanced garage visuals, a new press feedback system and a dynamic cloud system.”
“Injury prone last few weeks – second degree burns during Spanish Grand Prix, mild disc prolapse and today a hit on the nose by the reaction ball at the gym.”
“Working and working, knowing that Senna’s death was bigger news than the fact Nelson Mandela and the ANC had just won South Africa’s first multi-racial election.”
“Boullier has seen the need to put in place a fix-it man for [Vitaly] Petrov , having identified that he’s not very good at basic self-care, “He needed someone to guide him, to get him about, to tell him how to behave at the track, what time to wake up, have breakfast, how to manage his day, be on time for meetings and so on'”.
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Comment of the day
Will any teams boycott the Bahrain Grand Prix? Here’s what Timi has to say:
If McLaren, Ferrari or Red Bull.. even Renault or Sauber were to boycott it, the punishment for breaching contract wouldn’t be too large (just my opinion, i have no idea of the specifics of the contracts). Maybe a large fine? Even so, I as a team principal would rather have a spine, and a moral compass, than take the easy way out and blame a contract.
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On this day in F1
An American driver stood on the podium at his home Grand Prix for the last time on this day in 1989. Eddie Cheever finished third for Arrows in his home city of Phoenix, which was hosting its first Grand Prix.
Alain Prost won after team mate Ayrton Senna retired with an electrical problem, and Riccardo Patrese was second.
Christian Danner was fourth for Rial, with Johnny Herbert and Thierry Boutsen the two other points scorers.
Here’s how the race finished: