F1’s governing body, the FIA, have confirmed that the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled next weekend, despite the ongoing protests in the Gulf state.
The announcement brings to an end over a week of speculation over the running of the race, with top figures in the spot voicing contrasting opinions over whether F1 should go to Bahrain at such a difficult time for the country.
The FIA say that they have had no requests from the teams to cancel the race, and have had a number of security briefings from both the Bahraini government and indepedent sources in the months leading up to this event.
The statement concludes: “Based on the current information the FIA has at this stage, it is satisfied that all the proper security measures are in place for the running of a Formula One World Championship event in Bahrain.
“Therefore, the FIA confirms that the 2012 Gulf Air F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain will go ahead as scheduled.”