Internet hackers have threatened to wreak havoc as they sided against Formula One over the sport’s decision to push ahead with the highly controversial Bahrain grand prix.
The well-known ‘hacktivists’ Anonymous brought down F1’s official website on Friday, slamming Bernie Ecclestone as “evil” and threatening the “worst sh**storm” if the track action continues to proceed this weekend in the troubled island Kingdom.
“Attacks on their (the teams’) computer servers could prevent the race taking place,” the Daily Express newspaper speculated.
Anonymous also took control of another specialist website, posting a statement that accused the sport of supporting the Bahrain government despite the country’s “human rights situation” and saying F1 will now “be punished”.
In an awkward official press conference on Friday, team bosses continued to support the sport’s decision to press ahead with the race.
“Ultimately we’re a race team,” said McLaren and FOTA’s Martin Whitmarsh. “We’re here to go motor racing and that’s our number one priority.”