The 2012 Formula 1 season is just weeks away, and concerns over the return of this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix in April continue to mount. There have been fresh reports of violence in the island kingdom on the eve of the first-year anniversary since the bloody ‘Day of Rage’ protests that forced the cancellation of the 2011 race.

The few international news agencies that are still allowed in the country have reported that the latest clashes between protestors and government security forces have been over securing the famous Pearl Roundabout, the symbolic location of last year’s anti-government protests.

The BBC has reported that security forces have fired tear gas and stun grenades at protestors.

The Reuters news agency adds: “Traffic came to a standstill on the main thoroughfare into [Manama], and teargas canisters, rubber pellets and rocks littered the highway. Youths threw petrol bombs, iron bars and rocks.”

Quite what this means for the viability of the Bahrain Grand Prix remains to be seen, and there is a groundswell of support for the event to be scrapped once again.

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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.