The starting grid looked a little bare in comparison to previous Grands Prix, and the drivers are none to happy about it.

The build-up to the season-opening Bahrain GP featured an unusual protest agreed among the F1 driving group, with many pilots walking off the grid and into the pit lane or the team garages.

The reason for this is that their personal physios have been banned from accessing the starting grid. Drivers are understandably upset by this decree, as they argue that they need their physios on the grid to perform any fine-tuning and to ensure they are in peak condition for the start of the race.

It is believed that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has put this rule in place on the grounds that there are too many celebrities people on the grid, and that access will only be granted if an application for a grid pass is sought from the event organisers!

It is believed that the drivers will continue this action at the next Grand Prix in Australia unless the matter is resolved.

A case of prima donnas, or is it a necessity?

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.