Bahrain Grand Prix officials have pledged to deliver a safe race next month despite fears from Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone about growing unrest in the country.
Bahrain International Circuit CEO Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa vowed to do everything possible to ensure the event goes ahead as planned from March 11-13 after at least two protesters died in anti-government protests.“The safety of all Bahraini nationals, expats and overseas visitors is a priority at all times in the kingdom and, at the Bahrain International Circuit, our focus at the present time is on delivering another successful event in the form of the Bahrain Grand Prix,” said Al Khalifa.
“We are monitoring the situation very closely indeed in association with the relevant authorities, and will respond appropriately to any further developments,” he added.
Expressing his fears, Ecclestone said: “The danger is obvious isn’t it? If these people wanted to make a fuss and get worldwide recognition it would be easy, wouldn’t it? You start making a problem on the start grid in Bahrain and it would get worldwide coverage.”