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Drivers welcome Bahrain decision

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher: "The people there right now have more important issues than Formula One" © Sutton Images

Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa have both got behind Bahrain's decision to postpone its grand prix.

Most teams have now indicated their support of the decision to call off the scheduled season-opener amid political unrest on the island state. Schumacher said there were much bigger issues than Formula One for the Bahraini people at the moment.

"Like so many of my Formula One colleagues, I also think the cancellation of the Bahrain event was a good decision," he told his website. "The people there right now have more important issues than Formula One, and those of course have priority."

Ferrari's Massa agreed: "I think this is the right decision because the situation there is very serious. If there is just the slightest risk, it is better not to go, but the most important thing is that the situation in Bahrain calms down to what it was before and that everything is peaceful again."

He said he was looking forward to returning to Bahrain in the future.

"You can have a grand prix for the fans to bring them a bit of light relief, but I don't think this is the right moment for the people of Bahrain to host a Formula One race. It's a shame we cannot start the championship there, because I have always felt really good in this country: the people are very welcoming and pleasant and apart from that, I have always gone very well at the Sakhir circuit. Let's hope we can go back there soon."