The recent Grand Prix in Bahrain drew the world’s attention, but hardly for reasons that will be pleasing to the ruling House of Khalifa or their embattled government in Manama. The highly-visible anger of protesters prior to the race, directed both at the regime and Formula One, reminded the world that Bahrain is still a country in crisis, a nation in which a large portion of its citizens are still calling for full civil rights.
There has been widespread discussion as to whether the F1 race in Bahrain should be going ahead this weekend. One driver has been vocal about his concerns. Others have expressed no opinion. Like Officer Barbrady in South Park, Bernie Ecclestone has told us to “move along, nothing to see here”. Protesters have disagreed with him. The arguments have raged online, and the indications are that they will continue to rage in the streets. But I can’t help that think that this is a battle that the protesters, quite emphatically, have already won.
It’s as if they were born for each other. Two of India’s most colourful and controversial business tycoons came together last night to help the more flamboyant and cash-strapped of the two cope with deep financial problems.
Both love the image of running airlines and mixing with film stars, plus the colour and drama of sports [...]
Following the recent riots, you would think the last thing Mancunians want right now is to see their city centre turned into a playground for reckless thrill seekers – but that’s exactly what they’ll be welcoming this weekend.
This weekend saw the weather dictate the state of affairs in the MotoGP and Formula 1, and wasn’t it fantastic?
It is known to drivers as Formula One’s Everest, the pinnacle of racing excellence through narrow city streets, defining control, speed and handling to the very finest of margins. The Monaco Grand Prix has provided 68 spectacle’s since it’s first appearance in 1929, and it has shown off the sport’s rugged nature, but not before wrapping it up in a lavish coat to present to the high-rollers watching on from their swanky yachts.
When Michael Schumacher crossed the finish line at the Catalunya circuit in the Spanish Grand Prix in 2004, he was on the way to picking up his seventh world championship title. It was his fifth consecutive win of the season and Ferrari had once again proved their dominance in motor racing’s flagship sport.
Ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone will soon be rolling into town with his Formula One circus. As he trots the world, from Melbourne to Japan and Bahrain (perhaps) to Silverstone, he will bring with him beautiful people, playboy drivers and billionaire team owners.
There is so much to be found within the big top of a Grand Prix [...]
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