Normally it occurs when a driver, marshal, attendee or other personnel is injured or killed in an incident. The internal politics of the sport playing out in the public eye often leaves me embarrassed and ill-at-ease with the sport, but today politics made me feel sick.
Whether it is medical staff being put on military trial for aiding injured protesters, journalists being imprisoned or tortured for the stories they write or the promised hardline crackdown on any pro-democracy protests, everything about going back to Bahrain in this climate is wrong on every level.
This post is not a forum for the validity of the Chinese Grand Prix amidst their human rights abuses – this is purely about the Bahrain Grand Prix and the abuses that the authorities have committed in that territory.
That this announcement comes on a day when police opened fire on protesters in the vicinity of Pearl Square with tear gas and rubber bullets, is in itself a great irony. It was at this spot that the protests began in February.
It is more than conceivable that sponsors may not want to be involved in events of such disrepute, potentially making their participation questionable. If that were the case, I do hope one, or even several teams pull out of the event, but I doubt any of them have any balls to do so.
How sad that Formula One has so little respect or integrity that it needs to lower itself to such levels. What is worse is that I am not completely surprised by the decision the FIA have made.
According to Bernie Ecclestone, the decision to re-host the Bahrain Grand Prix has “…Nothing to do with money at all. Nothing, in any shape or form…”
As a result of the Bahrain Grand Prix moving to the end of October, the inaugural Indian Grand Prix will now take place in December.