Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone expects that Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead but still watching political circumstances. The Gulf event was first delayed, and then cancelled, this season due to the political situation in Bahrain during the spring.
“We have been assured that this is not what’s happening,” Ecclestone told the Guardian when asked about reports that doctors who had treated injured demonstrators were being jailed. “In fact they had a report made, allegedly independent. What did the report say? Yes, there were instances or whatever, but…
“I wanted to go out there. I was happy to go. I’d like to go into the prison or the hospital or whatever and ask: ‘What actually happened?'”
Ecclestone added: “I have asked. They said, ‘No problem.’ The danger is you go out there and they pick you up in a limousine and take you to the best hotel and take you to dinner and then put you back on the aeroplane.”
“It’s not easy. But wherever I go, the minute you get off the plane, the minute you go into somebody’s country, you’ve got to respect exactly what their way of life is – their religion, their laws or whatever,” said Ecclestone. It’s not correct to go moving into somebody’s country and try to change them. Don’t go. If you know something’s wrong, stay away.
“We pulled out of South Africa years ago because of apartheid. I witnessed things that had happened there which upset me. I thought: ‘That ain’t the way to go on. I hope we go to Bahrain and there’s no trouble – the race goes on, the public are happy and there are no dramas. That’s what I hope.”
“I think you can look anywhere now and it’s not all good. You can’t really hold England up as being all good, can you? There have been some terrible atrocities that we committed.”
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