F1 Drivers Concerned About Bahrain GP Security

After several months of civil unrest, Bahrain has become calm enough to allow the FIA, or Bernie Ecclestone, to decide in favor of a race on the Sakhir circuit this season. At least, this is how things look from the FIA point of view, a situation that looks entirely different when seen by the drivers.

Speaking on behalf of most of his colleagues, Rubens Barrichello is only the last in a long line of Formula 1 present and past marking figures that have spoken against the decision made on Friday by the governing body. But whereas most of those voice raise concerns about the effects of the Bahrain GP on Formula 1 as a sport, Barrichello looks at things from a more personal perspective.

According to the head of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, pilots are looking for reassurances about their safety, as local activists have announced a Day of Rage on October 30, the date when the Sakhir race is scheduled to take place, hoping to get their message through to the international community.

"I would like to make it clear that I love the track and the event itself," Barrichello told Totalrace. "Therefore, I want to be sure that we will be safe there. In the GPDA meetings, all of the drivers showed concern and demanded safety to race in Bahrain.”

Meanwhile, amidst rumors that the FIA decision was made not necessarily to benefit the Bahrain GP, but as a way to allow India to finish its race track (the Indian GP has now been rescheduled for December), the president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs in India, Vicky Chandok, responded that the postponing of the first Indian GP "has nothing to do the race track, which is getting ready well ahead of schedule." 
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