A damning report into the unrest in Bahrain earlier this year does not endanger the Kingdom’s return to F1 in 2012. That is the claim of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, as further turmoil kicked off in Bahrain surrounding the release of the report confirming the government was heavy-handed with its citizens this year.
The 2011 unrest caused the cancellation of the 2011 season opener but Bahrain is scheduled to return to the calendar next April. That race will go ahead “unless something terrible happens to stop us,” Ecclestone told reporters at Interlagos.
Another race in doubt for 2012 is the one in South Korea, with the country’s first two races poorly attended and organisers now dithering over the cost of the event.
“We’re having a look at that with the promoter,” said Ecclestone, “because it isn’t working for them. We’ll try and find the reason it isn’t and try to help them.”