Seven Lords including Lords Ahmad of Wimbledon, Ahmed of Rotherham, Alton, Avebury, Hylton and Boswell, Baroness Falkner of Margravine and Brighton MP Lucas, are calling on the FIA to boycott Bahrain Grand Prix again this year. This is due to the ongoing state of unrest, however, unsurprisingly Bernie Ecclestone is still determined to have a Grand Prix there.
The shareholders in Lewis Hamilton’s team McLaren are Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (wholly owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain) with 50%, Ron Dennis and the TAG Group holding 25% each. No doubt McLaren would like to race in Bahrain given these close ties with the country and although the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) website has placed no restrictions on traveling to Bahrain, the safety and wellbeing of the teams’s staff and guests cannot be compromised by pushing for a race in the kingdom of Bahrain in its current state.
One would expect that the cancellation of a second race might affect BMHC’s investment-decisions on McLaren in the near future or better yet, force them to seek a resolution to the political unrest. On a racing front, cancelling the Bahrain Grand Prix means that Lewis’s 100th GP will not be at Germany but instead in Hungary (29 July 2012)