Bernie Ecclestone plays down Bahrain GP fears
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed concerns over this week's Bahrain GP after pro-democracy protests escalated and a militant group blew up a car in the capital Manama.
Ecclestone said he could see “no reason” why the race, which was cancelled in 2011 after an uprising but went ahead despite demonstrations last year, should not be a success. “Yes. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be (a success),” Ecclestone told AFP at the Chinese GP in Shanghai.
Last week, police fired tear-gas and sound bombs to disperse hundreds of people, mainly Shiite opposition who are organising a week of protests that began on Friday to coincide with the grand prix. And yesterday, authorities said a “terrorist group” used a gas cylinder to blow up a car overnight in Manama. Nobody was hurt.
Authorities in the resource-rich Gulf kingdom have promised "appropriate security measures" for the race. "The security situation in Bahrain is very reassuring," a government spokeswoman told the state news agency BNA.