The official formalities for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix haven’t event begun, and despite the FIA declaring the strife-torn island kingdom safe enough to hold a Grand Prix, members of the Force India team have been caught up in a firebombing incident near the Bahrain International Circuit.
A firebomb landed near one of the team’s hire cars that was transporting team members back to their hotel after the Silverstone squad finalised its pre-event preparations at the circuit. The incident occurred while their car was stuck in a traffic jam just twenty minutes from the Sakhir venue.
Fortunately, no team members were injured in the incident, but one staff member has already been allowed to return back to the UK.
Zayed R Alzayani, chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit
completely missed the point when he told AUTOSPORT: “The protestors were not targeting the cars, they just happened to be there.”
Sure they did. Next he’ll tell us we get wet when it rains…
“It was an isolated incident and my wife was involved too. Nobody was injured.
“I don’t command the police; they know what to do better than I do. I have a race to run.”
The incident will only serve to fuel the private misgivings that many team members have about the wisdom of travelling to the country to compete this weekend. As yet, no one is prepared to go on the record and criticise the decision.