The Force India team were conspicuous by their absence to anyone watching TV coverage of today’s qualifying session.
The world television feed produced by Formula One Management featured no substantial footage of either driver during the session.
This was despite Paul di Resta advancing as far as the final stage of qualifying.
Force India did not run in the second practice session yesterday as the team made arrangements to ensure they left the circuit before nightfall.
This came after members of their team were caught up in a petrol bomb attack earlier in the week. Two members of the team chose to return home afterwards.
This prompted speculation that the lack of coverage of their cars in qualifying was retribution by FOM – something which is understood to have happened with other teams in the past.
Tensions continue to rise in Bahrain following further violent clashes between protesters and security forces. The Bahraini opposition blamed the government for the death of a man yesterday.
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