Tag Archive: Bahrain GP

Apr 04

Bahrain GP: F1’s future… but thankfully not as we know it

An expected surprise
BAHRAIN GP: F1's future... but thankfully not as we know itWhilst there are some people I know that don’t appreciate the finer essence of motorsport and consider Formula 1 as simply ‘cars going round and round’, this weekend in Bahrain it was the sport that found itself locked in a circle. A vicious one though, certainly no essence. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 24

Valtteri’s Bahrain GP Blog: Keeping a Ferrari at Bay

Valtteri blogs about his impressive Bahrain Grand Prix, which resulted in a fourth place finish

2015-04-11 - Williams Martini Racing - Shanghai - Valtteri Bottas 04 I have to say it’s great to have another race weekend immediately after a difficult one, like the Chinese Grand Prix was for us.

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Apr 02

Security plans in place for Bahrain GP

Bahrain is planning tight security for this weekend’s formula one race.

2014-03-02 - Lotus F1 Team Bahrain 2 “The plans will be implemented based on our studies and the experience gained during the events of previous years,” said the Sakhir circuit’s head of security, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »


Oct 01

Todt rival Ward could oppose Bahrain GP

“I am doing this entirely for my own reasons”

Jean Todt président FIA (DR)Jean Todt’s rival FIA presidential candidate has announced he would consider dropping the highly controversial Bahrain grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 20

Le Mans would welcome Mark Webber – McNish

“It’s very odd the way it is in formula one now”

2013-06-09_0870Former F1 driver Allan McNish thinks the world of Le Mans would welcome Mark Webber with open arms in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 13

FIA says F1 to press ahead with Bahrain GP

Sponsors nervous as F1 ploughs on with Bahrain

Bahrain International CircuitF1’s governing body has moved to end the uncertainty about next week’s Bahrain grand prix by insisting the race will definitely go ahead.  High-profile sponsors are nervous, as formula one ploughs ahead with next week’s Bahrain grand prix Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 15

Ecclestone, FIA, circuit say Bahrain GP still on

“We are planning to go.  People there seem confident that a race two months away will be alright.”

Flagworld - FIA2011-06-09_0313Bernie Ecclestone has played down the latest reports about violence in Bahrain, insisting April’s 2012 race is still scheduled to go ahead. On the one-year anniversary of the ‘Day of Rage’ unrest, international media agencies claimed violent clashes took place, with youths throwing rocks and petrol bombs and police hitting back with tear-gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 14

New violence casts doubt on 2012 Bahrain GP return

With the 2012 season now just weeks away, the most serious doubts yet about April’s returning Bahrain grand prix have emerged.

Bahrain International Circuit2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - RedBull - Mark Webber 04Reports claim that, on the eve of the one year anniversary of the bloody ‘Day of Rage’ protests that led to the cancellation of the race and test in early 2011, violent clashes involving tear gas-firing police have broken out. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 10

Dark cloud still hangs over 2012 Bahrain GP

A dark cloud continues to hang over Bahrain’s scheduled return to the F1 calendar in 2012.

Bahrain International Circuit2010-03-14 - Hispania F1 Racing Team - Bruno SennaIn the UK – where eight of the twelve formula one teams are based – the violent attack of a British man by Bahraini youths is making waves. News that the man had his fingers severed by a sword came on the same day as a letter in the Times newspaper signed by several influential Lords called on Bernie Ecclestone and the governing FIA to cancel the race.

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Jul 29

2012 delay for Bahrain GP, Turkey axed – report

Bahrain looks set to be relegated to the tail of next year’s F1 calendar.

2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - Toyota - 022011-05-07 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Turkey - Sebastien Buemi 6Writing in the Telegraph, correspondent Tom Cary said in Hungary that the island Kingdom, provisionally scheduled to host the 2012 season opener, will likely drop nine months down the official schedule.

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Jun 10

No Bahrain GP in 2011, doubts arise about 2012

Bahrain has accepted it will not host a grand prix in 2011.

Bahrain International CircuitThe troubled island Kingdom’s March season opener was called off but the World Motor Sport Council controversially agreed last week to extend the calendar to December and give Bahrain India’s original October 30 race date. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 08

Bahrain in 2011 ‘of course not on’ – Ecclestone

The FIA did not immediately comment.

2010-06-12_0623Bahrain International CircuitWith the on-off 2011 Bahrain GP saga becoming farcical, Bernie Ecclestone on Wednesday announced his sport “of course” cannot go to the troubled island Kingdom later this year. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 06

Bahrain GP still in doubt after rescheduling decision

“I want to be absolutely convinced that safety there (in Bahrain) is guaranteed.” – Rubens Barrichello

Bahrain International CircuitFlagworld - FIAThe FIA has signalled the green light but grey clouds of uncertainty continue to hang over the 2011 Bahrain grand prix. After the World Motor Sport Council controversially agreed to reschedule the troubled island Kingdom’s race for late October, protest groups are now calling for a ‘Day of Rage’ to coincide with the event that in March was called off due to violence. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 03

FIA decides October 30 for new Bahrain date

New 2011 season finale date undecided
2011 Bahrain GP to ‘unite people’ – FIA
Bahrain heading for rescheduled 2011 race

Bahrain International CircuitFlagworld - FIAThe F1 world is awaiting further details but the Bahrain grand prix has definitely been rescheduled for 2011. Sheikh Fawaz al-Khalifa, the island  Kingdom’s information affairs chief, ‘tweeted’ earlier on Friday that the FIA is in the process of deciding the race’s new date after the Barcelona meeting of the World Motor Sport Council. Read the rest of this entry »


May 08

No guarantee of 2011 Bahrain GP admits Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he is not sure if Bahrain’s formula one race will be rescheduled in 2011.

Bahrain International Circuit2010-06-12_0623Until now, the F1 chief executive has been bullish about the event in the troubled island Kingdom, pushing recently for the rescheduling deadline to be extended to early June. Read the rest of this entry »


May 02

Ecclestone says 2011 Bahrain GP possible – report (updated)

Bahrain uncertainty continues after deadline
“We need to see how the situation develops”

2010-06-12_0623Bahrain International CircuitA firm November date has been earmarked for a rescheduled Bahrain grand prix in 2011, according to the latest rumour. The FIA is expected to chime in early this week, after the deadline for the possible rescheduling came and went on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 18

Haug doubts Bahrain GP rescheduled in 2011

Norbert Haug on Thursday said he was doubtful the Bahrain grand prix should be rescheduled in 2011.

2010-11-06 -  Mercedes GP - Norbert Haug 01Bahrain International CircuitAn FIA spokesman this week said the May 1 deadline for a possible rescheduling is still in place, despite the island Kingdom declaring a state of emergency as unrest continues. And on Tuesday, FIA president Jean Todt wrote to permanent media pass holders saying “We wish them (Bahrain) well in their ongoing attempts to resolve their issues”. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 21

Ecclestone says axed Bahrain GP could return in 2011

The 2011 season opener in Bahrain has been called off

2010-06-12_0628Bahrain International CircuitThe news, late on Monday, followed hot on the heels of reports that the final pre-season test at the same Sakhir venue will also not take place, due to the civil unrest in the island Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 16

Bahrain GP cancellation threat remains

A dark cloud is lingering above the 2011 season opener.

Bahrain International Circuit2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - Toyota - 02Anti-government protesters in Bahrain are clashing violently with police, with next month’s grand prix specifically targeted by one group and Bernie Ecclestone admitting “danger”. For formula one, the biggest danger is that the race – scheduled to take place a week after pre-race tests at the same Sakhir circuit – will have to be called off. Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 11

Alain Prost to be Bahrain GP steward

Alain Prost will act as a steward throughout the race weekend.

Yet another world champion has stepped into the mix for this weekend’s sensational 2010 season opener in Bahrain. Active drivers’ title winners Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso posed for photographers in the FIA press conference. Read the rest of this entry »


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