Apr 21, 2012

Boycott F1 Bahrain race

The authorities in Bahrain say they are confident the Formula 1 Grand Prix will not be disrupted by protests. The heavily-guarded race track has been surrounded with layers of security to keep opposition activists away. Protesters are calling for the race to be cancelled, but the government is determined it will go ahead. Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, only went ahead with the Grand Prix after the government said it had security under control. Last year's Bahraini Grand Prix was cancelled after 35 people died during a crackdown on mass demonstrations calling for greater democracy. The Bahraini government, headed by the al-Khalifa dynasty, had been keen for this year's race to go ahead to prove it had put the 14-month uprising behind them. According to Press TV, Porsche Supercup Squad MRS has withdrawn from this weekend’s opening rounds of Bahrain’s Formula One Grand Prix 2012, blaming “ongoing unrest” and “security situation” in the sheikdom. Porsche team leader Karsten Molitor announced in a statement issued on Wednesday, “It is the first time in our team history that we have to cancel a race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.”

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