Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone "would be very surprised" if the sport encountered any problems when staging a Grand Prix in Bahrain next week, telling BBC Sport's Jake Humphrey protesters in the country are "not protesting about Formula 1".
Despite admitting "there are problems", Ecclestone believes the sport is "not political" and does not believe the staging of the race will have any impact on the country despite security concerns. caused by civil unrest.
A number of commentators including 1996 world champion Damon Hill and Red Bull's Mark Webber had raised concerns about the safety of staging the race, but three-time champion Sir Jackie Stewart believes the race should proceed as scheduled.
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