16 Feb 2012

Ecclestone says F1 should still go ahead

1:14 pm on 16 February 2012

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone believes the Bahrain Grand Prix should go ahead in April as planned despite a return to violence in the Gulf state.

Violence re-erupted in Bahrain on the anniversary of the Day of Rage which took place a year ago Wednesday.

Protesters were out in force Wednesday in the capital Manama, with security forces firing tear gas and stun grenades at those who had gathered ahead of pro-democracy demonstrations.

Ecclestone told the Guardian newspaper that the protests doesn't change their position and he describes the continuing unrest as a lot of kids having a go at the police.

He says if the rulers in Bahrain tell him it wouldn't be good to go over then he would think again.

The grand prix, which was cancelled in 2011, is the fourth race on this year's calendar.

Race organisers are due to stage a launch event for the Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir this weekend.