F1 media slam Todt's absence in Bahrain

Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President. Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race Day, Sunday 30 October 2011.
Jean Todt

Formula 1 journalists have slammed FIA president Jean Todt for not travelling to Bahrain for the controversial Grand Prix this weekend.

In the days before Formula 1 action kicks off in the island Kingdom, it is reported security forces fired tear gas on protesters late on Tuesday.

“While mechanics and motor home staff will have to wait and wonder whether they will be the target of attacks, Todt will not be in the country,” Kevin Eason, referring to the FIA’s French president, wrote in The Times.

Paul Weaver, the correspondent for The Guardian, agreed: “The FIA … is impotent in its most urgent hour.”

Already in Bahrain, however, is Livio Oricchio, the correspondent for Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo.

He wrote on Tuesday: “I came in a rental car from the airport to the hotel, I crossed the city, and the capital Manama is quiet. There are no political demonstrations.” (GMM)