Bahrain – Rear-View Mirror
A lot of talk about the Bahrain GP in the days and weeks leading up to the race and all seems silent now. As if the political problems no longer exist. If you sit perfectly still you can still here the protesters. The problems in Bahrain have not gone away, but the media coverage has fallen somewhat silent now that F1 has come and gone.
As I have mentioned before, I cannot pretend to understand all the complexities of the situation in Bahrain. While I may have my own uneducated opinion about it, the truth remains that there was a lot of hype about the conditions there which may have been exaggerated.
Some F1 journalists ventured into the more remote areas where the violence and protests were occurring, there was apparently very little noise being made in Manama, aside from the sweet symphony of Formula One engines.
Many say that the protests and demonstrations are not against Formula One or the holding of the Grand Prix. The race is just a platform for world-wide recognition and the protesters use this as a media tool for exposure.
Some have said that the conditions this year were no different than those that prompted F1 to drop the race from the schedule just one year ago. So what's changed?
You know what I see in my rear-view mirror looking back at Bahrain? I see one hell of a race! I see four different winners in the first four races. I see one of the tightest championship races in a while. I see sleeping giants waking, and F1 stars losing some of their shine. I see another great round of F1 action that has me salivating for more...But I still hear the cries of the people in the streets that are fighting for their rights that couldn't give a crap about a silly race.
Author: Ernie Black
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