The business of sport should not take priority over people

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As a Formula One fan I never want to be robbed of my opportunity to see a race.

But the decision to go racing in Bahrain on Sunday reflects badly on the sport’s governing body.

The FIA says the travelling circus of teams, drivers, support crew and media will be safe – but what about the people of this troubled country? Who guarantees the safety of those not lucky enough to exist inside the F1 bubble?

Pretending that all is well in Bahrain is an insult to those who lost their lives in the 2011 anti-government protests. Allowing the country’s government to use the grand prix as a tool to paper over the cracks is wrong.

Human rights should always come before business and sport.