Force India to shorten 2nd practice at Bahrain GP

Formula One team Force India says it will end its second

practice session early at the Bahrain Grand Prix due to safety

concerns.

Deputy team principal Robert Fernley says the decision was made

following the first practice session and a day after two Force

India team members left the Gulf nation in the wake of a team

vehicle being briefly delayed because of a firebomb. The

announcement also comes amid reports that anti-government protests

will start at 4 p.m. local time, about 30 minutes after practice

ends.

The sport’s governing body, the FIA, released a statement

confirming Force India would miss the second practice after neither

of its two drivers took the track. It said both drivers would miss

the practice due to ”logistical reasons” that will force the team

to ”run a rescheduled program for the rest of the weekend.”

Force India driver Paul Di Resta was third fastest in the first

session and Nico Hulkenberg was sixth.

The Bahrain Grand Prix was canceled last year due to

anti-government protests and this year’s race has been overshadowed

by sometimes violent clashes. The ruling Sunni dynasty supports the

race, but it is opposed by demonstrators who contend it rewards an

abusive regime.