Formula One teams indicate they want Bahrain Grand Prix postponed as "only way they can pull this race off without incident is to have a complete military lock-down"

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10 April 2012

Bahrain Grand Prix in doubt amid tension over hunger striker

Author: Guardian [UK]

A hunger striker who is feared to be close to death and a bomb blast that injured seven policemen have increased tensions over next weekend's planned Bahrain Grand Prix…supporters of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, an imprisoned anti-government activist who has been on hunger strike…are growing increasingly concerned for his health after being denied contact with him since Sunday…Ecclestone said there were commercial reasons why teams should take part in Sunday's race but admitted he could not force them to participate…Ecclestone added that no team had told him it wanted to pull out, but one team has told the Guardian the race should not go ahead…

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9 April 2012

F1 teams mull options for Bahrain race

Author: Fox News

Jean Todt, the president of the sport's governing body, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), and Bernie Ecclestone, the CEO of Formula One, say the 2012 race will go ahead despite continuing unrest in the country...Ann Clwyd, a [UK] Labour lawmaker and member of the Foreign Affairs select committee, said, "People have to show their condemnation of what is going on in Bahrain by staying away."...

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9 April 2012

F1 teams want FIA to postpone Bahrain Grand Prix

Author: Paul Weaver and Ian Black, Guardian [UK]

The Formula One teams want the sport's governing body to cancel – or at least postpone – the Bahrain Grand Prix...because of increasing safety concerns...A leading member of the 12 team principals, who would not be named but who said his views were representative – said: "...If I'm brutally frank, the only way they can pull this race off without incident is to have a complete military lock-down there. And I think that would be unacceptable, both for Formula One and for Bahrain..."

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9 April 2012

Formula One Group

Author: Wikipedia

[Wikipedia text as of 9 Apr 2012] The Formula One Group is a group of companies responsible for the promotion of the FIA Formula One World Championship and exploitation of the sport's commercial rights. The Group is owned ultimately by Delta Topco, a Jersey–based company owned by CVC Capital Partners' funds (approximately 70%) and JPMorgan (approximately 20%). Bernie Ecclestone's family trust owns the remainder apart from small shares held by financial advisers and Ecclestone himself.

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