Races in places they don’t claim to be

After significant debate over the past few weeks a clear consensus has finally emerged on the issue of the Bahrain Grand Prix and the continuing concerns about political protests and the regime’s response to these.  The consensus is reflected in a decisive two point plan:

1.To avoid any suggestion of political interference, the Bahrain GP should definitely go ahead, providing a clear sign of unity and support for the people of Bahrain.

2.  Also to avoid any suggestion of political interference, the Bahrain GP should definitely not go ahead, which will provide a clear sign of unity and support for the people of Bahrain.

Implementing this plan to everyone’s satisfaction has so far proved tricky.  However, I think I have the solution.  The Bahrain GP should definitely go ahead, but not in Bahrain.

This is not an entirely novel idea.  Formula 1 has taken something of a low cost airline approach to GP locations for some time.   For many years the hilly principality of San Marino lent its name to a race held miles away at Imola in Italy.  Despite banning GP racing in the 1950s, Switzerland managed to deposited a GP at Dijon in France in 1982 and the German Nurburgring annexed the Luxemburg GP in 1997 and 1998.  From the TV pictures, the 1993 European GP was apparently held in Atlantis.

Of course, the alternative home for the Bahrain GP would have to be somewhere convenient for the majority of the teams, but with some connections with the Arab Kingdom.  Like Bahrain it should preferably be an island nation with an established monarchy.  The race should be held in an area that gets very little rainfall and should be somewhere that people tend to pass through when trying to get to their real destination.  So, who’s up for the Bahrain GP, April 22 2012, at Brands Hatch in Kent?

FORMULA ONE MUM

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