Having made his thoughts clear prior to yesterday’s FIA decision to schedule the Bahrain GP for October 30, Mark Webber deserves huge credit after reiterating his feelings on his personal website today.
Other drivers have kept quiet, which in the case of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button is inevitable given that the Bahrain government is the major shareholder in McLaren. Others have no such ties yet have preferred to say nothing.
Intriguingly, he still feels that the race might not go ahead on October 30.
“My opinion is unchanged since I was first asked about this in late February,” said Mark. “Even though a decision has been made, I’ll be highly surprised if the Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead this year.
“In my personal opinion, the sport should have taken a much firmer stance earlier this year rather than constantly delaying its decision in hope of being able to re-schedule it in 2011. It would have sent a very clear message about F1’s position on something as fundamental as human rights and how it deals with moral issues.
“It’s obvious that the parties involved have struggled to reach a decision but sadly I feel that they still haven’t made the right one. Like it or not, F1 and sport in general isn’t above having a social responsibility and conscience. I hope F1 is able to return to Bahrain eventually but now isn’t the right time.
“As a competitor I do not feel at all comfortable going there to compete in an event when, despite reassurances to the contrary, it seems inevitable that it will cause more tension for the people of that country. I don’t understand why my sport wishes to place itself in a position to be a catalyst for that.”