| JEREZ, Spain
JEREZ, Spain Feb 6 Formula One teams are
concerned about the situation in Bahrain but will leave the
decision on whether to race there in April to the sport's
governing body and commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, bosses
said on Monday.
Last year's grand prix at the Sakhir circuit was postponed
and then cancelled due to pro-democracy protests that triggered
a bloody crackdown.
Clashes have continued regularly since then, with activists
saying more than 60 people have died since the unrest started,
and have worsened in recent weeks as the Feb. 14 anniversary
"Like everyone, including the FIA and the commercial rights
holder, we are concerned about the situation," said Sauber CEO
Monisha Kaltenborn at the launch of the Swiss team's new car
before the first pre-season test in southern Spain.
"We, as the Sauber F1 team, are not in a position to judge
that very well, so we have to trust in the FIA and the
commercial rights holder who have the call on this.
"If they think it is the right thing to go then we will
definitely go there," she added.
Lotus team principal Eric Boullier, who is vice-chairman of
the teams' body FOTA, agreed it was up to the International
"We have commitments with regard to the Formula One
championship, so it is not an easy decision to take," he added.
"Right now we are awaiting feedback from the FIA on whether or
not we go."
Lotus chairman Gerard Lopez, who is close to Ecclestone,
sounded in favour of going, however.
"What I've been hearing is that a number of guarantees have
been given in terms of how everything will happen and so on," he
"So if things look good then there is no reason why we
shouldn't go to Bahrain."
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)