Bahrain prince insists race is on

Apr 21, 2012, 09:27 IST | AFP

Bahrain's rulers insisted yesterday this weekend's Grand Prix must go ahead to avoid "empowering extremists" after the Gulf kingdom was rocked by fresh violence.


 “I think cancelling just empowers extremists,” Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa said. “I think for those of us who are trying to navigate a way out of this political problem, having the race allows us to build bridges across communities, and get people working together.”
Rosberg tops
Meanwhile, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the pace in the second practice at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) yesterday. Rosberg was about five seconds faster than Mark Webber. Sebastian Vettel finished third. 

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