FOTA to discuss controversial Bahrain decision

By: GMM

Leading Formula One teams have vowed to discuss the sport's controversial decision to return to Bahrain this year.

FOTA will discuss Bahrain GP
FOTA will discuss Bahrain GP

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Despite the recent and ongoing turmoil in the island Kingdom, the FIA's World Motor Sport Council on Friday voted unanimously to reschedule the earlier postponed event in late October.

Bernie Ecclestone insists the decision has nothing to do with Bahrain's annual $40 million fee, but journalists and commentators are aghast that it comes amid reportedly widespread human rights violations, and ongoing securuty concerns.

Mark Webber has been the only outspoken driver on the issue, reiterating on Saturday that he feels "not at all comfortable" at the thought of going to Bahrain.

His team Red Bull apparently agrees, saying the decision would be discussed "within the appropriate forum".

A McLaren spokesperson said: "(The) decision is likely to be discussed internally within FOTA and a more detailed joint position may be defined after that."

Mercedes' Norbert Haug agreed: "We will discuss this in FOTA."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Norbert Haug , Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Mercedes , McLaren
Tags bahrain gp, fia, fota, wmsc