Consider it official: There will be no Formula One race in Bahrain for the 2011 season. This news comes despite a meeting where the FIA's World Motor Sport Council voted to bring Bahrain back into the F1 calendar on October 30.

What changed? Turns out that the FIA had sent a commissioner to Bahrain to check things out. He returned with a glowing report of the country, and suggested the race be held. Open and shut, right? Apparently not. That commissioner's trip was reportedly a farce put on by the country's dictator in an effort to secure the race and show the world that the situation in Bahrain is under control.

A number of human rights organizations allege the FIA easily allowed itself be tricked, including Avaaz, which has compiled nearly half a million signatures opposing the race. Ricken Patel, executive director at Avaaz had this to say:

Reading the FIA's Bahrain report is like stepping into the Twilight Zone. While the FIA's sham report says no human rights have been violated, at least 31 Bahrain citizens have been killed and hundreds more tortured and imprisoned. Formula One must pull out of Bahrain immediately or have their reputation forever tarnished.

Eleven of the 12 F1 teams protested the event, and with no cars or drivers on hand, holding a race would be a difficult assignment. Therefore it's been officially cancelled.


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      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good. They should'nt even get to host a Ping Pong tournament.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look at that face, not even a mother could love that.
      ijardine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Incredible egg on Bernie Ecclestonne, Jean Todt and the FIA's face. Well after all FIA is 75% of FIFA isn't it?;) Are these guys really SO disconnected with the real world as to know that the race was impossible for 2011.
      Benfolio
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gah! It's Skeletor! Oh wait, sorry, it's just Bernie. *shudder*
      Matthew
      • 3 Years Ago
      How did the FIA not realize the wool was being pulled over their eyes? A dictatorship can fabricate whatever reality they want to impress a guest. North Korea does this frequently.
      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      If human rights are such a big deal to F1, then why is there a Chinese Grand Prix? They are FAR worse than Bahrain with regards to human rights.
        kA
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Scr
        Because it has nothing to do with human rights. It's about logistics cost. Read the FOTA letters.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bernie Ecclestone always looks like he is angry.
      srmcg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh.
      another Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      F1 needs to update it's homepage!
      abdulazizalrayes
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mr. Jeremy Korzeniewski, wow wow wow and another WOW for your professionalism! "That commissioner's trip was reportedly a farce put on by the country's dictator"....as if you live there? or even know the name of the king? let alone address the situation as a dictatorship...I strongly urge you to confirm your information and not judge, I'm sure that as a writer this could be the least you could do. Just to make things clear; I'm with the cancellation of the Bahrain GP this year, as the Kingdom has yet to recover from the unfortunate events and the false attempted revolution. Just do your homework, please Respectfuly
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know who this guy is, and I don't really care, but I have a strong dislike for him.
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