Schumacher 'relaxed' about F1's Bahrain return

Former world champion says F1 community will be 'well looked after' in Gulf kingdom
Schumacher 'relaxed' about F1's Bahrain return
Former world champion Formula One driver Michael Schumacher. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 23 Mar 2012 11:43 AM

Former F1 champion Michael Schumacher has said he is "pretty relaxed" about racing in Bahrain next month.

The German ace said in comments published by the Irish Examiner that he was convinced the Bahrain Grand Prix organisers will pull out all the stops to ensure no harm befalls the Formula One community.

F1 is due to make its return to the Gulf kingdom in April following after last season’s race was cancelled in the wake of anti-government protests.

Clashes between police and protesters continue but the Mercedes driver was quoted as saying: “From our perspective we’re going to be very well looked after because they might foresee whatever, but we’ll be prepared.

“I’ve a few good friends over there, and I’m pretty sure for them it’s a very important event, and they just want to make everybody happy.

“If you look around the world you will find in other places the possibility to think about similar things, but we don’t.

“At the end of the day I’m pretty certain they’re going to do their utmost and we’ll be okay.”

Reigning double world champion Sebastian Vettel shared his sentiments but Jenson Button said: “I think for us, as you know, it’s a very difficult subject. Personally, from my point of view and for all of us, we need to look at the FIA for common sense, and we will go with what they have to say.”

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