In the round-up: A Bahraini human rights group has accused Formula 1 of “double standards” after the sport cancelled its Russian Grand Prix contract
A Bahraini human rights group has accused Formula 1 of “double standards” after the sport cancelled its Russian Grand Prix contract.
The BBC reported that Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy director of advocacy Sayed Ahmed Alwadei had written to F1 president Stefano Domenicali, accusing F1 of contradicting their claim last year that the sport takes “violence, abuse of human rights and repression very seriously”.
The 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled after civil unrest in the country during a wave of pro-democracy protests in nations across northern Africa and the Middle East.
The institute argued there was a “clear double-standard being applied with countries in the Middle East”, after F1 terminated its contract with promoters of the Russian Grand Prix following the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.
Sebastian Vettel says that new Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack is still “settling in” at the Silverstone-based team ahead of the opening race of the season.
Krack joined the team in February from BMW, where he was previously head of motorsport for the German marque. Vettel and Krack had worked together previously in Formula 1 during their time at BMW Sauber.
“Obviously he’s trying to catch up because he doesn’t know the team,” said Vettel.
“But I think he’s settling in. He’s really open, he’s approaching everybody. Easy to talk to, very straightforward, zero politics. I think he’s a great addition to the team.”
Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen says he would like to racing in endurance racing in the future.
The Red Bull driver recently signed a six year contract extension to stay with the team until the end of the 2028 season. In an interview on his website, Verstappen says he would like to try his hand at endurance racing in the future.
“In the distant future, I do want to race in other categories such as endurance racing where you share a car with two or three others,” he said. “Of course I always want to win, but enjoyment will be very important.”
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