DAMON HILL has expressed his full support for the Bahrain Grand Prix, believing it is time for the people of the Gulf kingdom to “get on with their lives”.
Hill’s message follows yesterday’s statement issued by the FIA, who finally broke their silence to confirm the race will go ahead as scheduled.
The 1996 world champion last Saturday expressed misgivings about the race, suggesting the possibility of a rethink as he felt the situation was “hotting up”.
But in light of the stance now taken by motor sport’s governing body, Hill said: “I am now 100 per cent behind the FIA decision to race in Bahrain.
“All the arguments have been made for and against. No one is under any illusions about the situation. But the less vocal majority of Bahrainis also have a right to get on with their lives and we also have a responsibility to our F1 fans in the region.
“I hope F1 can be seen as a symbol of all that is possible if we can work together peacefully.”
Security is now of prime concern for all the teams, who will implement their own measures to guarantee the safety of their personnel. The bare minimum will see staff travel in unmarked vehicles and not wearing team kit to ensure they are not targeted, whilst some will use bullet-proof vehicles and employ specialist security.