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Ferrari has restricted its team personnel from venturing out onto the streets of Bahrain issuing directives to stay within the confines of the hotel or the circuit at all times, according to Speedweek.de.
Several demonstrations have reportedly been planned by the Bahraini anti-government protesters, who intend to take leverage from the Formula 1 race this weekend to get their issues heard on a global platform.
Last year, a vehicle carrying Force India mechanics back to the hotel from the track was caught in a protest in capital Manama with a petrol bomb exploding close to them.
The incident prompted two of its team members to leave the country amid safety concerns while Force India opted to skip the second practice session to ensure that all its personnel were back in the hotel before it got dark.
But there has been no such paranoia in the team’s camp ahead of this season’s edition of the controversial race with Adrian Sutil reporting that it has been “nice and quiet” and trusts that there would be no problems this weekend.
“No one told me anything,” Sutil told F1Pulse.com when asked if there were any precautionary curfews issued at Force India similar to what Ferrari had ordered.
“I can do whatever I want but as always wherever I am (for a Grand Prix), I am normally only at the race track or the hotel and concentrating on my job,” said the German, whose team is staying in a hotel close to the Bahrain International Circuit.
“I am not here for a holiday. For me it makes no difference, no one spoke to me,” he added.
A little wariness was understandably evident as the 30-year-old pointed out that Formula 1 can “never be sure” despite trying to distance itself from the political tensions in the Gulf kingdom.
“We are here to provide good entertainment for the weekend,” he said.