The Lotus F1 Team has issued the following statement.
“Earlier today, the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) issued a press release attributing quotes to our team showing support for the Bahrain GP. These quotes were part of a full internal and confidential working document, that was also sent on a confidential basis to all F1 team managers last week. Lotus F1 Team is one of 12 contestants of the Formula 1 World Championship and we would never try to substitute ourselves for the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which is the only party entitled to determine if a Grand Prix should go ahead or not, and we endorse the FOTA statement that was issued earlier to this effect.”
FOTA previously said that, despite attempts to suggest that the decision was up to the teams, that “teams are unable to cancel Grands Prix. We race in an international series called the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and it is therefore for the FIA to offer the teams guidance on these issues.”
The FIA is saying nothing, which does not add to its credibility, at a time when leadership is needed.
A decision will be made by the weekend.
It looks like people repositioning deck chairs on the Titanic.