The Formula 1 Grand Prix has gone ahead despite angry protests on the streets by demonstrators.
Bahrain citizens have rejected the Grand Prix as thousands turned out to object to the race, which they see as international legitimisation of the ruling government and ruling royal family who used excessive force against it’s people during the Arab Spring.
Rubber bullets, tear gas and bird shot have been used in retaliation against the protesters, who have hurled petrol bombs at the police in response to the brutal regime, which many believe was responsible for the murder of 37 year old demonstrator, Salah Abbas Habib, this week.
Salah Abbas Habib’s funeral will take place today and many see this as a potential flashpoint for the protesters who have been in continuous clashes over the past week leading up to the Grand Prix.
The race track itself is under tight security with armoured vehicles, armed police and police dogs there at the ready to protect the drivers and society’s elite from any potential threats from protesters.
Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has called for restraint by the Bahrain authorities in their handling of situation but after last year’s clamp down, which saw troops firing on civilians hope for a peaceful response is not expected as the regime simply tries to hide their actions from the world.
By hosting the Formula 1 race the Sunnir Bahrain ruling family was hoping to show the international community that Bahrain had returned to normality, but the global media consensus has noted that the continued oppression of the Shia majority flies in the face of democracy.
Oh, and by the way, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel drove a magnificent race to follow up his pole position with a win thereby taking the lead in the championship race with Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean coming second and third respectively. Red Bull driver Mark Webber came in fourth. Last week’s winner Nico Rosberg made it to fifth this time.
Button disappointingly had to retire his McClaren and Hamilton came in eighth.