Whether it be sports or drama or film or any other form for that matter, it has the power to make people smile, think and feel good. Often when I sit down to watch motor racing or when Doctor Who (geek) or some other show comes on, I chill out and relax.
There are times when entertainment is inappropriate; times when more serious matters come to the fore. The current situation in Bahrain is one of those moments — and it is frankly not right for the Grand Prix to happen.
The moment the armies began to charge on the protesters in Pearl Square in Bahrain’s capital of Manama, the Grand Prix should have been pulled. The moment reports of deaths and injuries inflicted by the Bahraini army started to float in, the race should been pulled. The moment forces were captured freely opening fire on the Bahraini people, the race should have been pulled.
Now governments are beginning to tell citizens that non-essential travel to Bahrain should be avoided, with the likes of Australia, Canada, the US and the UK leading the way.
Just kill the race now. We know that it is not going to happen, so just stop wasting time. Every moment that this race is still in place, gives the impression that Formula 1 supports a (now openly) brutal regime. For every moment wasted, the blood on the hands gets thicker. Those sins are hard to wash off.
Right now, no one needs the Bahrain Grand Prix, especially not the people of Bahrain. Sometimes, there are more important things in life that motor racing.