Lotus are unhappy with Bahrain organisers for publishing confidential statements attributed to the team.
Lotus had sent a team of representatives to Bahrain to analyse the situation first hand amidst all the commotion over the Bahrain Grand Prix’s feasibility to tour.
There was a press release from the chairman of the race and it was published to alleviate misconceptions over security concerns and the ongoing internal unrest in the country.
The release insisted that there were “huge misconceptions about the current situation” in Bahrain. It also quoted a few prominent visitors showing support of the event to go ahead in Bahrain. There were two Lotus team members quoted in the release and now the team has lashed out and said that those comments were to remain completely confidential.
“Earlier today (Tuesday), the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) issued a press release attributing quotes to our team showing support for the Bahrain GP,” a Lotus statement read. “These quotes were part of a full internal and confidential working document, that was also sent on a confidential basis to all F1 team managers last week.”
Lotus F1 team further cleared its stance and said that it is a part of 12 contestants to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship and the team would never try to take the role of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which is the only authority that can determine whether a Grand Prix should go ahead or not.
“Lotus F1 Team is one of 12 contestants of the Formula 1 World Championship and we would never try to substitute ourselves for the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which is the only party entitled to determine if a Grand Prix should go ahead or not, and we endorse the FOTA statement that was issued earlier to this effect,” the statement read.
It will be interesting to see how the situation shapes up ahead as the race date comes closer. The Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled for April 22, 2012. It appears to be less likely that the event will go on as the situation seems to be getting out of hand but nothing has been confirmed yet.