20 Apr 2012

F1 officials reassure over safety, despite violence in Bahrain

2:04 pm on 20 April 2012

Formula One motor racing officials have reassured everyone involved with this weekend's Bahrain grand prix of their safety after a firebomb exploded near Force India team members as they were returning from the Sakhir circuit to their hotel.

One team member has chosen to return home as a result of the blast, but chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers Association, Pedro de la Rosa, said safety was "not a concern" despite political tensions in the kingdom.

And the Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani says the race should go ahead as a beacon of hope for the future.