Red Bull back FIA on Bahrain
Team principal says he trusts the judgement of governing body
Last Updated: 17/02/12 12:38pm
Christian Horner: Trusts the FIA to make the right decision regarding Bahrain GP
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has backed the FIA to make the right call regarding the staging of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The race is due to take place in April but the threat of another cancellation to follow last year's has increased after reports of renewed violence in the island state.
Tuesday's one-year anniversary of the Day of Rage, when protesters took to the streets in a bid to oust the ruling government, passed relatively quietly in comparison to a year ago.
However, there were a number of clashes in villages outside of the capital Manama, with police combatting petrol bombs with tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades.
Bernie Ecclestone made it clear this week that unless there is a clear deterioration in the current situation then the sport would make its return.
F1's commercial rights controller said did not consider that "anything serious at all" occurred, with Ecclestone adding: "It doesn't change our position in any shape or form."
It now appears F1 will again be staged at the Sakhir circuit from April 20-22 after the deaths of a number of demonstrators led to the cancellation of the 2011 race.
For all concerned, in particular the teams, safety will be the over-riding priority on the island kingdom.
Speaking at the Motor Sport Hall of Fame event, Horner said: "As far as I'm aware we're definitely going.
"We rely on the FIA - it's the FIA Formula One world championship after all - and Bahrain is one of the races on the calendar.
"They are far better placed to know what the issues are, and we trust their judgment, as we do the promoter, and we'll see how things develop.
"But as of today there's a race committed to Bahrain, and we'll be there.
"From a team point of view we'll take all necessary precautions that are relevant for our workforce.
"But the FIA and promoter have far better access to information than we have, and we'll trust in their judgement at the end of the day."
Meanwhile, Horner has declared last week's first test in Jerez "a positive" for his team, although admits he has no idea as to where Red Bull stand in the early pecking order.
The RB8 incurred a few teething troubles with both Mark Webber and reigning double champion Sebastian Vettel at the helm, but Horner is not unduly worried.
"We covered the majority of the bases we wanted to achieve and gained some very useful information, data and feedback on which to build for the forthcoming tests and initial races," he said.
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"As for anybody else, we tend to put the blinkers on at the test.
"It's the only track time we have, so it's head down, focus on our own programme and go about doing our own homework.
"We'll only see if we've done enough when we get to the first races because you never know at this time of year.
"We'll just keep pushing. We can't control what others do, so it's not worth worrying about."