Force India skip P2
Team missed second practice to return to hotel early
Last Updated: 20/04/12 1:41pm
Force India have missed Practice Two for the Bahrain GP in order to return to their team hotel during daylight hours on Friday.
The move came after four team personnel were witnesses to a petrol-bomb attack on Wednesday night as they returned to their hotel from the circuit. One team member has since departed the troubled kingdom state.
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A statement from the team read: "For logistical reasons the team will run a rescheduled programme for the rest of the weekend, which will result in the team missing second practice to ensure the most competitive performance in FP3, qualifying and the race."
Earlier, Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley told Sky Sports News: "We want to make sure the crew are comfortable and if that means leaving during daylight hours then that will be the case."
Protesters against the Bahraini ruling regime have said they will ramp up their campaign - known as 'Three Days of Rage' - ahead of Sunday's race.
Fernley, however, denied that a desire to return to their base during the cover of daylight hours was a factor in the decision.
"I personally don't think the daylight has anything to do with it. What we're looking at is making sure that our own arrangements meet the needs of everybody that we have," he said.
Fernley also denied the matter had been discussed with Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, who was spotted in the Force India pit during the morning session.
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"We've not stated concerns. We have no concerns. It's just a pragmatic approach to our situation. Our situation is different with all due respect to all other teams," he said. "We are here to race, we are totally committed to the Bahrain GP and there will be no backing off."
The team boss added that drivers Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg supported the move.
"We're a team. We work as a team, the drivers are part of that team. You know, there are times we have to deliver because a driving mistakes or errors and they fully support the crew as well," Fernley said.