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Ecclestone: "What protests?"

Bernie Ecclestone has insisted the Bahrain GP will go ahead "200 percent," saying, "do you think that if we cancel Formula 1 that all the problems will just disappear?" When informed about recent protests where a 15-year-old went to intensive care after shots were fired, he responded: "What protests? Nobody has been shot. What are you talking about?" before swearing and storming off.

18 Apr - Source
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Nicely done Bernie, sounds like something taken straight from the Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf book of diplomacy.
Bernie   Bernie Ecclestone
I've no idea what the hell you're on about Alonso, we don't all bloody speak Spanish you know.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
It's a name Bernie. He was the Iraqi Information Minister in 2003, renowned for his enthusiastic and comical denial of the invasion, even while Baghdad crumbled around him.
Bernie   Bernie Ecclestone
I'm not a minister though, am I? I can't be expected to know about everything going on in the world, I mean it's protest this, riot that every second week these days isn't it, I've enough to be doing without reading up on all that rubbish.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Well when you sit down with a bunch of journalists to discuss a specific topic, it mightn't hurt to just update yourself a little bit on it beforehand.
Bernie   Bernie Ecclestone
That's the problem there really isn't it, how much are these journalists paid to do their own research, but they sit on their arse all day and then they come to me for all the bloody answers. I mean if they had any brains they'd turn on the telly and watch the news for themselves, wouldn't they?
fernando   Fernando Alonso
I guess you've never heard of the "chicken or the egg" dilemma then Bernie.
Bernie   Bernie Ecclestone
Enough of your stupid riddles Alonso, the race is going ahead 200 percent, and that's the end of it.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Funny, I believe the Bahraini government's latest official figures put their approval rating around the same percentage.
Ambrosia   Jerome d'Ambrosio
How are we going to do a 200% race Fernando, I thought percentage could never be above 100?
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Well spotted Ambrosia. What it actually means is that we're going to run two races instead of one. So make sure you don't fly home on Sunday evening, or you'll miss the 2nd one.
Ambrosia   Jerome d'Ambrosio
That sounds kind of weird Fernando, I think I'll ring my Mom and check with her. She told me I should ask her before I take any of your advice from now on.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Tell you what Ambrosia, let's ask the FIA, then you'll know for sure.
todt   Jean Todt
The FIA has no further comment on the Bahrain Grand Prix.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
See Ambrosia? I'm sure if the FIA thought there was any doubt or controversy about what I told you, they'd come out and say something.
DC   David Coulthard
Well Martin, I think the drivers made it pretty clear in China that they're against going to Bahrain.
MBrundle   Martin Brundle
How's that David? From what I heard, none of them really said anything one way or the other.
DC   David Coulthard
Actions speak louder than words Martin, the go-slow protest in the first lap more than got the message across.
MBrundle   Martin Brundle
Christ David, that wasn't a protest, it's called the "parade" lap - the warm-up lap that happens before every bloody Grand Prix.
DC   David Coulthard
Don't be so naive Martin, in that case I suppose you think those huge marches in the streets are just "parades" too.


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