Ecclestone: Fears over Bahrain GP

Following anti-government protests in Bahrain, Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that he is concerned that protesters may target the first race of the 2011 F1 season.

“He (The Crown Prince of Bahrain) is a bit busy, as you can imagine, so I don’t know yet exactly what is going on,” Ecclestone told The Telegraph newspaper.

“The danger is obvious isn’t it? If these people wanted to make a fuss and get worldwide recognition it would be bloody easy, wouldn’t it?”

“You start making a problem on the start grid in Bahrain and it would get worldwide coverage.”

Ecclestone was then asked if he thought there was any possibility that the race would have to be cancelled. “I have no idea,” he replied. “It’s hard to establish exactly what is going on. We’re watching events closely. We’ll rely on what they think the right thing to do is.”