It’s 24 days to go until the Bahrain GP weekend, but things are really hotting up over there politically, and it remains to be seen whether or not the event will go ahead. Perhaps it would be better for Formula One to back out for now, as the protestors will see the Grand Prix as a prime opportunity to get their message out there. The image that goes through my head is of someone running into the path of an oncoming car, but there are also worries about what might happen on the start grid.
As things stand, the GP2 Asia race this weekend in the country is going ahead. I don’t know about the other teams, but Team AirAsia were supposed to get their freight at lunchtime today, but it hasn’t arrived yet. I hope this wasn’t caused by the problems in Bahrain, but it’s the first thing to come to mind. Hopefully it will arrive soon, and then they will be able to move into their garages at the track and get the cars ready for practice, qualifying and the feature race on Friday, and the sprint on Saturday.
GP2 isn’t really a big enough event for protestors to really go out to the track, but F1 is a much greater level. It has a massive TV audience, and the implications of an incident at an F1 race are massive.
In other news, Hispania have been filming in a wet Monza for Pirelli. Looks like they’re gonna be the team with the best knowledge of the wet tyres before the season starts!