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Force India caught up in Bahrain protest trouble // First hand experience, but the race is still intended to go ahead

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Force India caught up in Bahrain protest trouble
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It emerged today that several members of the Force India team were caught up in some trouble with protesters last night, as they returned to the hotel from the circuit. The clash between protesters and police spilled onto the road and forced their nearby cars to stop.

Reports vary wildly on how serious the incident was, but a Molotov cocktail landed near the car, and there’s also talk of tear gas getting into the vehicle itself before the car was able to continue on its way with no one inside hurt.

Whilst Bob Fernley of Force India says the crew were relatively calm and relaxed about it this morning, continuing on their work professionally, he also had to confirm that two employees requested to leave Bahrain and return home.

Chief at the Bahrain International Circuit, Zayed R Alzayani, naturally played down the incident: “It was an isolated incident, and my wife was involved too. The protestors were not targeting the cars, they just happened to be there. Nobody was injured.”