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Bahrain Grand Prix set to go

04-15-2012 11:41 BJT

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While we get ready for a smooth Sunday in Shanghai, the world of F1 could be in for something completely different next weekend. Race organizers canceled last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix after an outbreak of violence which led to at least 50 deaths. A crackdown by the Sunni-led government was imposed after Bahrain’s Shiite majority demanded a greater political voice...and this sparked widespread violence in the middle-eastern nation. Human rights groups have criticized Formula 1 for re-instating the race this year...but as Matthew Stuttard reports, F1’s supremo and all 12 teams are on board.

Despite renewed safety concerns, Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has declared Bahrain safe to host next weekend’s scheduled Grand Prix. A fresh round of clashes erupted on Friday following the funeral of activist Ahmed Ismail, who was killed during a protest last month. However, all 12 F1 teams agree...the show must go on.

Amnesty International has warned F1 that the human rights crisis in Bahrain is not over...and running the race could send the wrong message that it is business as usual in the gulf state.

Many F1 drivers were reluctant to comment on the Bahrain situation...with a number of them saying that racing against the background of social and political unrest puts the drivers in a difficult position.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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