Bernie Ecclestone: “It is business as usual. There are some clashes with police, isolated in villages. Some of these clashes are very small — 10 or 15 people — but it gets blown out of proportion and made to sound as if the whole nation is rising up. Seriously, the press should just be quiet and deal with the facts rather than make up stories.”
Zayed Al-Zayani: “Whatever story we have tried to put out has always been overshadowed by conflict or political issues in the country, with people getting arrested, killed or injured, or whatever. But the worst is behind us now. There’s a genuine move towards progress, getting the country back on track.”
Anonymous team principal: “I feel very uncomfortable about going to Bahrain. If I’m brutally frank, the only way they can pull this race off without incident is to have a complete military lock-down there. And I think that would be unacceptable, both for Formula One and for Bahrain. But I don’t see any other way they can do it.”
The February 14th Youth Coalition, an online organising body for anti-regime protests, said it would not be able to ensure the safety of Formula 1 participants amid popular anger that would be triggered by the race going ahead.