No regrets about Bahrain F1 says FIA boss
Manama, April 24, 2012
President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) Jean Todt said that he does not regret his decision to hold the Bahrain Grand Prix Formula One race, adding that "there was nothing to prevent the race from happening."
Todt said he spoke to most of the team heads since his arrival in Bahrain and did not find that any objected the event being held here.
Al Arabiya Sports broadcast on its website Todt's statement "I didn't find one team that did not support the race being held in Bahrain, and we did not find a reason to change our decision. We know that the protests could have negative results, but we are a federation specialised in sports, we face such things sometimes, and we are made to deal with them."
In response to the incidents involving Force India and Sauber teams, Todt said that these things are natural to happen in football games but won't face any problems because it's not the F1, it could happen.
Bahrain has strengthened its global position and shown its real security image.
Meanwhile, the Governor of the Capital Governorate, Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, sent cables of congratulations to the wise leadership marking Bahrain's success in hosting and organising the Formula One race.
The Capital Governor pointed out the care, support and interest provided by the wise leadership for various activities hosted by the Kingdom, and which contribute to strengthening Bahrain's position and name at all levels particularly the international.
Shaikh Hisham also pointed out great efforts by the people of Bahrain at all levels and locations in preparing for Bahrain to host that world's important sporting event. He also highlighted the efforts of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, which had the greatest impact in encouraging young Bahrainis to contribute to the success of Bahrain's race.
Meanwhile, Shaikh Hisham thanked and appreciated the efforts of Interior Minister Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and officials at the ministry for their success in performing their duties, mainly in ensuring the safety of the guests including the participants in the race and the fans who attended it.
The Governor wished more success and great prestige for Bahrain under its wise leadership. – TradeArabia News Service