So, the Bahrain Grand Prix. Should F1 have gone this weekend? No, in my opinion.
This kind of subject is a dicey one if you don’t wish to become embroiled in a political and moral debate, which I don’t. Commenting merely from a safety and not moral perspective, I keep seeing people mentioning the gun incident with Jenson Button in Brazil and the situation currently in Bahrain as if they are comparable.
There is no comparison. Although (we hope and pray) that nothing will happen to any of the teams, drivers and reporters this weekend, there is a possibility that it could happen. Protests, rioting, petrol bombs and tear gas on the streets does not scream “safe” to me. What happened with Jenson could have happened at any number of the places on the race calendar.
Safety cannot be guaranteed. Bernie may well have offered to escort Force India back from the track “without an escort” but anyone can see that this is a merely for publicity. He has to save face now.
The FIA have made the decision and now the teams have to live with it. The drivers have been asked to comment with their opinion and the answers vary depending it seems on how well versed at PR they are.
Sebastian Vettel however, just gave me another reason to hate him.
"I heard about the Force India issue," "I think generally being in the paddock it seems to be no problem. Surely outside the paddock there is a risk, but there is a risk everywhere we go.
"You imagine when we go to Brazil it is not the place you want to be, depending on the area you are in. It is not a big problem and I am happy once we start testing tomorrow because then we worry about stuff that really matters - tyre temperatures, and cars."
After two years of having the best car on the track and having the adoration of Red Bull, it seems Mr Vettel truly believes that the world revolves around him. Yes Sebastian, don’t worry about the people getting hurt outside the track, you just concentrate what really matters……… You.