Bahrain Grand Prix may be called off
Due to civil unrest within the island kingdom the Grand Prix which was planned to take place in Bahrain later this month may be called off.
As reported by BBC News
, the Telegraph
the planned Bahrain Grand Prix event scheduled to take place this month may be called off. The primary reason cited is the political and civil unrest in Bahrain. The unrest stems from the crackdown instigated by the ruling royal family following a countrywide uprising in February 2011.
Protestors are once again clashing with state security forces as they were last year. The protests in 2011 resulted in that year's Grand Prix being cancelled. However the regime in Bahrain has made clear that this year they will not cancel the race themselves, meaning that any decision to cancel this year's Bahrain Grand Prix is entirely a matter for the sport's governing body the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).
Former British world champion Sir Jackie Stewart asserts that the event should go ahead as planned stating that if it didn't it would set "a dangerous precedent", he further went on to state that:
"Democracy doesn't happen in 3 months, 12 months or 36 months. It takes a generation sometimes.
In reality, a specialist of the Middle East would say Bahrain is more developed than any other Middle East state. However, they have a problem."
Former world driving champion Damon Hill has recently stated that organizers should look at the possibility of calling off the event for the second year in a row asserting that it would cause more than problems than it would solve