The organisers of the Bahrain GP have promised to re-hire the employees who were sacked as part of a crackdown on the uproar in the Kingdom. In an interview, Sheik Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa said the decision is “an important initiative towards national reconciliation and unity” in the Gulf kingdom that has been rocked by opposition to the country’s leaders since early last year. The employee’s were sacked for apparently taking part in Shiite-led protests against Sunni rulers.
In 2011, The Season opening race at Bahrain was postponed due to the civil unrest. The FIA rescheduled the decision several times but eventually decided that it was inappropriate to stage a race there.
News also breaking is that top Formula One Teams, Red Bull and Ferrari, are allowing the FIA to decide whether or not it is suitable to hold a race there this year.
Red Bull Team principal Christian Horner had this to say ” We enter a championship run by the FIA and we need to trust in their decision. They have a closer overview than we do, I know they have been looking at it.”
Stefano Dominecalli, Team principal at Ferrari echoed this “There are a lot of rumours about the situation,” said Domenicali. “We need to rely on the competent authorities. We have the international federations, we have the Commercial Rights Holder, we have relations with the country and we cannot rely on different sources of information. We need to be very cool and realistic on that, so we need to rely on what the official authorities, who have this responsibility, will tell us.”
Bahrain is currently on the race calender and will be the fourth race of the 2012 season, held on April 22nd, Should it go ahead.