FIA give Bahrain go ahead
Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, have confirmed the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead this year despite safety fears.
Last year's race in the Middle East nation had to be postponed due to civil unrest in the country, a struggle which is still going on as the majority Shia population continue to call for improved human rights and an end to discrimination.
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has been keen to dismiss fears regarding the team's safety in Bahrain and he has now been given the backing of the FIA board after they undertook a "fact finding mission."
In a statement released by the motorsport's governing body, the FIA said: "Away from the public eye, the FIA has received regular security briefings from the most senior diplomatic officials based in the Kingdom, as well as from other independent experts."
They also went on to assure the teams that "the safety of the public, officials, drivers and teams is secured at all times during the event" which takes place on April 22.
The move by the FIA has been criticised by Amnesty International, who claim Formula 1 is turning a "blind eye" to the "ongoing human rights crisis in the country".