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Formula One returns to business in Montreal after Bahrain farce

June 10, 2011

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With any luck, Formula One is on for a thrilling race weekend to put behind it a week of nonsense and politics. The 2010 Canadian Grand Prix was one of the biggest highlights of last season. The race was an extraordinary mix of strategy and raw pace – helped by disintegrating Bridgestone tyres. It set […]

Time for teams to end Bahrain row and take a stand

June 7, 2011

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Formula One’s hand wringing over whether to race in Bahrain in 2011 is moving from frustrating and disappointing to the downright farcical. After spending months talking up the prospects of rescheduling the race, talking about how the people running Bahrain are “all nice people”, Bernie Ecclestone has (£) today told the The Times he is […]

Formula One should not be going racing in Bahrain

June 3, 2011

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Formula One will return to Bahrain in October despite months of protests and brutal repression in the Gulf State. Following the lifting of a state of emergency earlier this this week, the FiA’s World Motorsport Council (WMSC) agreed unanimously to place the Bahrain Grand Prix back on the calendar for October 30, pushing the inaugural […]

It’s time to end the debate on Bahrain Grand Prix

May 22, 2011

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For reasons which continue to baffle me, efforts continue to reschedule the Bahrain Grand Prix with the current proposals imagine India being bumped to December 4. Logistically, having Bahrain on October 30 is seen as a straightforward link to Abu Dhabi and I’m sure that’s true. But why the insistence on having the race at […]

Bernie pledges to “find a way” to get Bahrain race on in 2011

March 3, 2011

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The Bahrain Grand Prix will not be held in the summer break but could be slotted in at end of the season, between Abu Dhabi and Brazil, Bernie Ecclestone has said today. Ecclestone is insisting if the Middle Eastern nation is peaceful, he will “find a way” to fit the race in. This could mean […]

Bahrain Grand Prix cancellation is the right decision

February 21, 2011

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Cancelling the Bahrain Grand Prix was the right decision but it was a call Bernie Ecclestone should have made himself last week. Passing the buck to the Crown Prince may well have the been the financially sound decision. But it was clear from the outset Formula One had no business taking its circus into the […]

Bernie Ecclestone is getting it wrong on Bahrain race

February 20, 2011

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Bernie Ecclestone has told BBC Sport the decision on whether the Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead will be left to the Crown Prince. Ecclestone reportedly said: “[Crown Prince Salman ibn Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa] will know whether it’s safe for us to be there. I’ve no idea. I’m not there, so I don’t know. “We won’t […]