Force India not expecting Bahrain issues
15 April 2013 – Force India is not expecting any serious issues to arise during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, with Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley calm over travelling to the Gulf State despite protests increasing ahead of the Formula 1 fraternity's arrival.
At last season's race, the outfit skipped the second practice session to allow staff members to return to their hotel before nightfall, with four mechanics getting caught up in a protest earlier in the week. Two members of the team then chose to fly home, but Fernley is hopeful that no such problems will present themselves this year.
"Lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place, I am not expecting any issues at all," Fernley explained to Reuters. "But there's bound to be something. You'd be a bit foolish to think there's not going to be some sort of protest and things like that, but that's good. If Formula 1 activates some protests and they want to get things off their chests, that's good as well."
Fernley added that after the protest affecting his team members in 2012, which saw tear gas and petrol bombs thrown, the weekend passed without any problems.
"Once we'd got over that initial hiccup, we were fine," Fernley said of last year's dramas. "It was just that initial part that caused the problems. Once it was dealt with and we settled everything down again, the weekend went to plan for us."
Force India may choose to take an even larger number of staff to Bahrain this year.