'I doubt Bahrain will happen' says Red Bull's Mark Webber
After having to be called off once this year, Red Bull driver Mark Webber has revealed that he is sceptical whether the Grand Prix in Bahrain will take place at all...
The race was billed to be the opener of the 2011 Formula One season, however, at the time, civil unrest in the country forced the event to be cancelled with a view to rescheduling it for later on in the year.
Despite the plans, Red Bull's Mark Webber does not think that plans for rescheduling will go ahead.
"Even though a decision has been made, I'll be highly surprised if the Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead this year." said the 34-year-old Red Bull driver.
Webber's scepticism has been instigated by the FIA's (Formula One's governing body) unanimous decision to restore the cancelled race to the calendar for later this year – the second attempt at the season opener is now scheduled for October 30th.
This prompted the Australian driver, who currently sits third in the F1 drivers' championship, to release a statement on his official website.
"In my personal opinion, the sport should have taken a much firmer stance earlier this year rather than constantly delaying its decision in the hope of being able to reschedule it in 2011.” stated Webber.
"It would have sent a very clear message about F1's position on something as fundamental as human rights and how it deals with moral issues." he added.
The decision to reschedule the event has led to the current champions Red Bull, who are owned by Dietrich Mateschitz, to come under fire from online petitioners, who are urging the side to send a message by boycotting the race.
Meanwhile, Stan James, BlueSQ and Sky Bet offer 11/4 odds that McLaren's Lewis Hamilton will go on to win the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix.