The news that Formula 1 s going to Bahrain next weekend predictably caused a burst of violence on the streets on Bahrain, as protesters hurled firebombs and riot police responded by firing tear gas. The FIA issued a statement on Friday morning Shanghai time and a few hours later Bernie Ecclestone held a five minute meeting with team bosses in Shanghai. No-one voiced any complaints at the meeting, but afterwards many of them said that in reality they had no choice but to go and were not happy about the situation.
And while Bernie Ecclestone continued to say that there was nothing happening in Baharain, on the streets protesters chanted anti-government slogans.
“We don’t get involved in politics in a country. We go to a country like we come here. They will sort out their internal problems, I’m quite sure,” he said.