Bahrain Grand Prix in danger of being cancelled again!

Formula One’s teams have called on the sport’s stakeholders to cancel, or at least postpone, the forthcoming Bahrain Grand Prix amid continuing concerns over security in the country, according to a report.

The FIA and Ecclestone have continually maintained that the sport is committed to returning to Bahrain this year, despite continued violence in the Gulf Kingdom a year on from its suppressed uprising. The 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled after months of controversy following civil unrest in February 2011 – a move that cost organisers a reported £300 million. The race was confirmed as one of 20 events on the 2012 F1 calendar by the FIA in December, but questions have been continually raised over whether it is appropriate to return to the country.

The decision over the Bahrain GP’s status has been complicated by the logistical challenges presented by its back-to-back calendar slot with this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix. Some teams have reportedly been issued with two return tickets to Shanghai, one home via Bahrain and the other directly home. “We’re all hoping the FIA calls it off,” the team principal said. “From a purely legal point of view, in terms of insurance and government advice, we are clear to go. But what we find worrying is that there are issues happening every day.”

The principal added: “We have a lot of people. Our first and foremost priority has to be our employees, and their families. That’s what concerns us most, even though we’ve not said anything about it. It seems to me that while there has been some political progress in Bahrain they’re not quite ready. The best thing would be for the race to be postponed until later in the year, or even cancelled.”

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