Friday, April 20, 2012

Bahrain Crown Prince Calls F1 Race "Force For Good"

((HT: Channel 4 Scotland))

The Formula One race in Bahrain this weekend has been one of those on-again, off-again events. F1 Chief Bernie Ecclestone left it up to each race team as to whether or not they would travel to compete- which they all have.

But one team, Force India, declined to make the second practice. Another team, Sauber, saw what SkySports wrote as "witnessed disturbances on their return to their hotel from the circuit on Thursday night." Now, there is talk of the race being postponed again.

"We are a real country with real issues and we hope you see us with all our complexities and all our shades," the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, said when interviewed in the race paddock. "I genuinely believe that this race is a force for good. It unites many people from many different religious backgrounds and sects."

Channel 4's Cathy Newman caught up with the country's Information Affairs Authority spokesman about the new chapter of the uproar...

Here's the interview with the Crown Prince in its entirety
((HT: SkySports/youtube))

Just so you know: Bahrain's royal family owns 40-percent of the McLaren team, look to entertain 100,000 spectators, and bring in half a billion dollars in spending by those folks.

Protestors are proclaiming that the weekend will bring in "days of rage."

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