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Webber expresses Bahrain reservations

ESPNF1 Staff
February 21, 2011 « Bahrain cancellation rumours circulate | »
Mark Webber:'It's probably not the best time to go there for a sporting event' © Sutton Images

Mark Webber has become the first driver to openly speak about the situation in Bahrain, admitting he has reservations about heading to the state if the FIA decides the race there can proceed.

"When you hear of people losing their lives, this is a tragedy," Webber said. "It's probably not the best time to go there for a sporting event. They have bigger things, bigger priorities and that is what they want to work on over there, generations of issues. That's the most important thing for them to sort out and not to worry about Formula One.

"In the end the right decisions will be made. Maybe it is still the first race, maybe Melbourne is the first race, we don't know. It's not a big deal to be honest because there are more things than Formula One in Bahrain."

A decision on whether the grand prix will go ahead should be made on Tuesday, with Bernie Ecclestone allowing the Bahrainis to make the call while the FIA remains silent.