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Bernie Ecclestone, president and CEO of Formula One Management is surrounded by reporters during the second free practice ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. Photo: AP

Bernie Ecclestone, president and CEO of Formula One Management is surrounded by reporters during the second free practice ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. Photo: AP

Bernie Ecclestone, president and CEO of Formula One Management is surrounded by reporters during the second free practice ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. Photo: AP

BERNIE Ecclestone has confirmed he has no intention of calling off this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, despite continuing unrest now directly affecting the teams.

In the wake of Force India personnel being caught up in a petrol-bomb incident en route to Manama from the Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday, Sauber have now confirmed members of their staff also witnessed trouble last night.



A Sauber statement read: "Yesterday night at 20:30hrs a minibus of the Sauber team left the circuit to go back to the Novotel in Manama.



"At 20:50hrs the 12 mechanics on that bus noticed fire on the medial strip of the highway.



"The traffic was slow, cars had their hazard flashers on. On the opposite lane there was no traffic.



"The team members saw a few masked people running from there over to their lane where a bottle was burning as well.



"The minibus moved to the very right side of the highway and went past the situation. No-one from the Sauber team was hurt."



Sauber, though, have not followed the path trodden by Force India whose drivers did not compete in the second practice session.



In the wake of Force India personnel being caught up in a petrol-bomb incident en route to Manama from the Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday, Sauber have now confirmed members of their staff also witnessed trouble last night.



A Sauber statement read: "Yesterday night at 20:30hrs a minibus of the Sauber team left the circuit to go back to the Novotel in Manama.



"At 20:50hrs the 12 mechanics on that bus noticed fire on the medial strip of the highway.



"The traffic was slow, cars had their hazard flashers on. On the opposite lane there was no traffic.



"The team members saw a few masked people running from there over to their lane where a bottle was burning as well.



"The minibus moved to the very right side of the highway and went past the situation. No-one from the Sauber team was hurt."



Sauber, though, have not followed the path trodden by Force India whose drivers did not compete in the second practice session.