The start to this year's Formula 1 championship was delayed when civil unrest in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain forced the cancellation of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Since then, a question mark has loomed over whether the round would be reinstated later in the season, and now we have our answer. In its meeting over the weekend, the FIA's World Motor Sport Council voted to bring Bahrain back into the F1 calendar on October 30.

That date was originally planned for the debut Indian Grand Prix to close the season, but in order to accommodate Bahrain's reinstatement,the Indian race has been pushed to a later date that will be combined with the FIA Annual General Assembly, where the prizes are awarded to the winners of the F1 and other FIA-sanctioned championships.

The decision to bring Bahrain back into the fold despite the country's use of lethal force against its own protesting civilians is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows, and the backlash could potentially force the FIA to reverse its decision. Red Bull driver Mark Webber was the first to speak out against the move, as did former FIA president Max Mosley. Rumors are mounting, meanwhile, that the Formula One Constructors Association – which has yet to make an official announcement on the subject – could move to boycott the event.

We suspect this isn't the last word on the subject.


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      Mohamed Abdulla
      • 3 Years Ago
      In such events, (may) occur some wrongdoings by (some) protesters, but what about the acts of breach of the law by police??? http://youtu.be/cpCQnMH_hmU I put only one directory on police misconduct in Bahrain .. It's shameful behavior Police assault on the properties of the citizens .. This police which is supposed to protect citizens and protect their property ... But works only to serve the dictator. As I told you earlier, I do not want to enter a lot in this thing, because I have thousands of evidence against the government, but I respect the site because it is not a political site, but for cars.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      What !!! You have to be kidding me. Bernie must be loosing his mind to go to Bahrain this year.
        Danaon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        There are only 3 things in this world that Bernie cares about: 1) Money 2) Money 3) Bernie
      BlackSeries
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nothing is more important than the lives of innocent people who are protesting for their freedom.
        Tariq.Z
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BlackSeries
        get your information right. protesters demanded the government to step down, the wanted Bahrain to become part of Iran.
          Tariq.Z
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tariq.Z
          you think i only know what i see on state run TV???? i don't even watch state TV. i live in BAHRAIN. i see everything with my eyes. how the hell can that be false and misleading?!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tariq.Z
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      Rashid Alghatam
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm over the moon that F1 is coming back to Bahrain this year! We'll do our best to host an awesome race!
      Tariq.Z
      • 3 Years Ago
      you people don't have any idea on what has happened in Bahrain. The protesters in Bahrain blocked roads, attacked foreigners, attacked students at a university (including girls) and they destructed property. Then they fabricated footage of injuries and police brutally beating protestors. You've all been lied to by the press. And don't think you know better than me because I am Bahraini and was in Bahrain when everything happened. So stop talking about human rights being violated and stop this unfair boycott. I believe I speak for the majority of Bahrain's citizens when I say that the government dealt with those savage protesters in the right manner and that bringing the F1 back was a good decision.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tariq.Z
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        BlackSeries
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tariq.Z
        F U.....You are so dead wrong.
        dans
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tariq.Z
        Ive seen young a Bahrainian man walk down the road chanting 'Peacefully' with his hands in the air and ended up with a bullet in his head. What part of that constitutes a fair response under the ideas of human rights?
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      I shouldn't be surprised by Formula 1's level of money grubbing I guess.
      Matthew Marini
      • 3 Years Ago
      Petition urging RBR (and all other teams) to boycott the race: http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_f1_in_brutal_bahrain/?vl
      Mohamed Sheikhaldeen
      • 3 Years Ago
      one fact to straighten things up: protesters in Bahrain are Hezboullah terrorists...enough said...i didn't see it on TV or on newspapers! i AM bahraini and i've seen them myself by them!
        P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mohamed Sheikhaldeen
        That is 100% pure, unadulterated BS. If you know a thing about Bahrain (ie, you aren't a. stuck on the royal tite of petrodollars or b. see the world through Fox News) you know darn well that the protesters are everyday citizens, tired of oppression. If you were anywhere near Bahrain, you'd know the people have no voice, no recourse and no justice against the tyranny of corrupt dictators. They are NOT "Hezboullah" (it's Hezbollah), they are "people."
          Mohamed Sheikhaldeen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @P
          WAKE UP!!!! So we were attacked by them, and now we are the oppressors? this not even pathetic..gimme a break! **I LIVE THERE!*** Town of Zallaq, 2 KM's away Bahrain International Circuit! what do you know about the political intents of Al-Wifaq Political Party (Southern "Persian" Gulf wing of Hezboullah)? have you ever come to bahrain at the times of F1?EVERY SINGLE YEAR tires burning and Gas cylinder blasts everywhere un-attended by cops? YouTube it, they friggen brag about it online! Up next what da hell do you know about thier attempts in 70's 80's, 1996 and now? wanna have a taste? I was FRIGGEN there in Sanabis area in a typical national fare where the suckers blew 2 consecutive gas cylinders! heck just last night they blew 'something' around my area (i live nearby the Bahrain BIC circuit) then sirens were up for around 10 mins! Why no body knows about them attacking students in building S20 (English Studies Centre) in the University of Bahrain?I WAS THERE on the day of attack, and i shot by my phone them coming down trucks with swords and reapers....you see the mercenaries in Libya..yeah THAT exactly!! just add hezboullah's yellow flags! and again that what i've seen with my eyes and shot with my phone! I can't believe some people..if anybody going against the any govt. immedietly becomes righteous? what do they have to KILL US ALL to you people out there to realize it? well guess wut ask that poor hindi guy (and several others) who were beaten to death by them! i don't want to post graphic videos on this site but its allll over youtube! and by the way, its Hezb-Allah, TWO words, meaning Allah's faction but they got nothing to do with Allah! you say No voice? how da the hell they had no voice? last parliamentary elections they seized the majority (44%) and actually were in control! ...such ramblings out of "novels" never maps to the real world! ********** ********** And Finally we here in bah are very enthusiastic about the SPORT...and we will never let any convoluted politics stop us from our enthusiasm, thats the concept of a SPORT; bringing people together!
        Tariq.Z
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mohamed Sheikhaldeen
        thank you Mohamed. you are absolutely right. i am a citizen of Bahrain as well. it breaks my heart knowing that everyone around the world think that Bahraini people are being ruled by a tyrant government; that is totally incorrect. those protestors were treacherous. they don't represent the population, they are a small group of people following orders of the Iranian government. never mind what you see or hear on the news, i live in Bahrain; i love it and love our governing royal family. and that is how the majority of Bahrain's people feel. if you ever come to this country, you'll believe me then!
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      Thorny Dragon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's the deal guys, now I know that this is not a political blog, and I respect that, but this has to be said. You see you have to think out of the box this time, not every revolution by 'the people' against 'the government' is ought to be the same, well not in this case at least. I don't want to babble about it a lot because obviously this isn't the place, do some research about it, the short story that you'll find is that it is a propaganda with strings attached to Iran, and by the way, my sources aren't the sate TV, nor any state's TV, nor any 'TV'. One more thing I can add related to F1 is that this event will benefit Bahrain's economy a lot, unlike the protests that were going on. and they do need this as, from what I've heard, their oil reserves are next to nothing, if not already diminished, so their economy is built on tourism.
      Mohamed Abdulla
      • 3 Years Ago
      Supporters of the dictatorial regime in Bahrain busy on polishing the reputation of this government's dirty, but they will fail, because they speak with aware people which cannot use deceive with them .
      • 3 Years Ago
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