While Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA seem prepared to sit and wait for the situation in Bahrain to improve, many fans have already come to the conclusion that the race should not go ahead.
Some have been contacting drivers and team bosses via Twitter, urging them to boycott the GP.
In an informal debate on my Twitter feed last night it was apparent how strongly many people felt about the issue. This is not a scientific poll, but it gives an indication of feelings out there – and these are racing fans who have been waiting months for the start of the season, people who love our sport. Here is a sample of replies I received:
Ecclestone dropped races in Europe to get to those countries… Hopes it backfires on him now
Wonder what it’s like to be Bernie and suddenly realize you don’t control the world.
As a fan of 25 years now, I wanted the race cancelled yesterday. No fan in their right mind should want it to go ahead.
Cancel Bahrain, side with those against oppression and eat the freight costs.
If it goes ahead I for one won’t have anything to do with it. There are, from my perspective as a fan, 19 races this season.
They need to boycott it, not just for safety but to back the protest. Can’t be seen to agree with what’s happened by going
It should be cancelled. Lives are more important than some race.
If it goes ahead people will say that f1 stands with dictators… Not the best legacy.
People seem to overlook that F1 is a sport/entertainment, first. What’s happening in Bahrain is real life.
I haven’t missed a GP in over ten years, but why an earth anyone wants this one to go ahead now is beyond me. zero perspective.
As much as I am looking forward to the season start, I can wait for Aussie GP. Just skip Bahrain GP.
The F1 fans & staff, teams, etc. Would be prime targets for those wanting a statement. Also would require lots of govt resources.
Should be cancelled now. No point waiting. Shouldn’t hold a GP in a country that kills it’s own people
Having a race possible, because the authorities have cracked down violently in protesters, isn’t really a good advert
If Bahrain GP goes ahead, despite our passion for F1 I think our household will boycott. Protestors is a shame, but gov’ worse
I hope Bahrain GP is canceled. Fan of 25 years and eager for start of season, but I don’t want innocent people to get hurt.
It can’t go ahead. Would be completely insane to go ahead with it
I’m passionate about F1 but no-one seems to question whether its appropriate to go to Bahrain, not just safe.
There were other views, and some respondents agreed that Ecclestone should wait a few days. One guy – a Mercedes GP employee – accused fans of hypocrisy in that they were happy to watch the Bahrain race last year.
Ecclestone’s comments yesterday – he even suggested that people shouldn’t book their travel – were a clear indication that he expects to have to cancel the race eventually. It seems to me that by doing it sooner rather than later he will do the sport a big favour. The longer he leaves it, the more it will appear to the outside world that F1 has been made the call only as a last resort.