Bahrain Grand Prix: MPs call for sponsors to boycott race

Anti-F1 protests in Bahrain

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Democracy in Bahrain has written to F1 sponsors and urged them to boycott this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The FIA has decided to go ahead with the event despite civil unrest.

Group chairman, Labour MP Andy Slaughter, said: "I think it is a very silly decision they [FIA] have made.

"We sincerely hope you will rethink your associations with the Bahrain Grand Prix and decide to curtail your sponsorship of the race at Sakhir."

Slaughter added: "Nobody can deny the problems we had last year in Bahrain (when the race was cancelled) are continuing. I think that's very clear.

"There is no more reason for going ahead than last year. It is naive to say (it's only about sport)... even if you're not interested in the wider political situation there, there are still humanitarian issues here."

Bahrain Grand Prix 2012, day one

Friday 20 April:
First practice 0755-0935 and second practice 1155-1335 BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on BBC Sport website.

Bahrain Grand Prix 2012, day two

Saturday 21 April:
Third practice 0855-1005 BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; Qualifying 1155 BBC Radio 5 live and live text commentary on BBC Sport website; Qualifying replay 1720-1840 BBC One HD.

Bahrain Grand Prix 2012, day three

Sunday 22 April::
Race 1255 BBC Radio 5 live and live text commentary on BBC Sport website; Race replay 1700-1820 BBC One HD ; Highlights 0100-0220 BBC Two and Red Button.