Force India’s deputy team principal Bob Fernley has said that the team are unconcerned about Formula One returning to Bahrain next weekend despite the on-going tensions in the country.
Last year, two members of the team flew home after they were caught up in one of the protests, and drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta boycotted one of the free practice sessions due to the violence. However, Fernley believes that there will be no problems in 2013.
“Lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place,” he told Reuters. “I am not expecting any issues at all, 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 One activates some protests and they want to get things off their chests, that’s good as well.”
When asked about the decision to send the two team members home, Fernley explained that the weekend was trouble free otherwise.
“Once we’d got over that initial hiccup, we were fine. 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.”
Action in Bahrain has intensified in the lead-up to the grand prix, but the race is expected to go ahead as normal.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
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