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Bahrain GP will go ahead - FIA

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The FIA insists the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled this year despite concerns about the security situation in the country.

The race, which is scheduled to take place in a week's time, has dominated F1's news agenda in recent weeks as reports of increasingly violent protests have emerged from the Gulf state. Up until now the FIA has remained quiet on the issue while Bernie Ecclestone and the race organisers have maintained the race will go ahead.

On Friday morning the FIA released a statement saying it is happy the appropriate security measures are in place.

"The FIA is the governing body of motor sport and therefore of Formula One. As such, it sets the season's calendars following the proposal of the Commercial Rights Holder (CRH) in accordance with the local national authorities in all matters relating to safety.

"Within that context, the FIA ensures that any event forming part of an FIA World Championship is organised in compliance with the FIA Statutes and the relevant Sporting and Technical Regulations and that the safety of the public, officials, drivers and teams is secured at all times during an event.

"The FIA must make rational decisions based on the information provided to us by the Bahraini authorities and by the Commercial Rights Holder. In addition we have endeavoured to assess the ongoing situation in Bahrain.

"President Jean Todt led a fact-finding mission to the Kingdom in November 2011, meeting a large number of decision-makers and opinion formers, including elected Shia members of parliament, the president of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, ambassadors from the European Union countries, the Crown Prince, the Interior Minister and many members of the business community.

"All expressed their wish for the Grand Prix to go ahead in 2012, and since then, the FIA has kept in close touch with all these stakeholders. Away from the public eye, the FIA has received regular security briefings from the most senior diplomatic officials based in the Kingdom as well as from other independent experts.

"The 2012 calendar, as presented by the CRH, was ratified by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in September 2011. Since then no request from the F1 Commission or the CRH has been made to the WMSC to either postpone or cancel the Bahrain Grand Prix.

"Based on the current information the FIA has at this stage, it is satisfied that all the proper security measures are in place for the running of a Formula One World Championship event in Bahrain.

"Therefore, the FIA confirms that the 2012 Gulf Air F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain will go ahead as scheduled."

Some members of the teams are known to be unhappy about competing against the backdrop of protests and unrest, but officially the Formula One Teams' Association has said last week it will follow the FIA's recommendation.

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