Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone admitted on Tuesday that he was unable to force teams to participate in this month’s Bahrain Grand Prix following a fresh outbreak of violence in the Gulf state.
Formula One teams are reportedly reluctant to race in Bahrain this season amid ongoing concerns over security in the country. Last year’s event was postponed following violent anti-government protests before eventually being removed from the schedule altogether.
Now, Ecclestone has confirmed that the fate of this year’s event on April 22 could be decided by the teams as authorities in Bahrain confirmed seven policemen were injured late on Monday in a bomb attack.
Mahindra lead first day of dakshin dare
New Delhi: Defending Indian rally champion Gaurav Gill took the lead in the Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare from Mahindra teammate Lohit Urs after the end of the opening leg of the 2,000 km long cross-country event that started from Mysore.
Gill held a 3minute 35 second lead over Urs in a fairly trouble-free opening day for the Mahindra team.
It was a contrast to the team’s troubles in this year’s Desert Storm where issues with the XUV 500s’ electronic control unit made it impossible for either driver to use the four-wheel drive system.