F1 cannot continue to turn a blind eye to what's happening in Bahrain...

It would seem that Bahrain’s return to the 2012 F1 calendar may not be iron-clad, with the teams and the sport’s governing body set to meet in the wake of more violence between security forces and anti-government protestors in recent days.

After this year’s event was cancelled, reinstated and then cancelled again, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA confirmed that the race would return next April amid suggestions that the political situation had calmed down.

But it would seem that this is anything but the case, with more reports detailing continued violence and government clampdowns, while international human rights groups continue to express concerns over the state of play on the island kingdom.

“It’s always concerning with the media reports that you hear,” Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner admitted to the BBC.

“But (we) trust in the promoter and FIA to deal with it accordingly,” he added, while also suggesting that the ongoing concerns would “inevitably” be on the agenda at the next meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

[Image via EU Times]

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Richard Bailey

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