GPupdate.net reported that doubts have been stimulated in the F1 Bahrain GP paddock following Bernie Ecclestone’s FOM television unproductive to show Force India car through the qualifying broadcast for the Bahrain GP.
Yesterday Force India’s Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley confirmed that the team would skip second practice to ensure that all staff returned to capital city Manama before nightfall, despite an offer from Ecclestone of a police escort. Last Wednesday four Force India mechanics found themselves caught up in a protest when travelling from the circuit to their hotel on Wednesday night.
Force India’s judgment generated much press coverage even outside of Formula 1, many inside the sport and fans across the internet are now convinced that their cars were not shown in qualifying because of an order from Ecclestone. FOM (Formula One Management) is responsible for the world TV feed, which is used by global broadcasters of the sport and cannot be replaced by independent directors.
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