Jenson Button 'trusts' FIA's Bahrain GP decision

Jenson Button

Jenson Button says he trusts the FIA's decision to go ahead with this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

There had been calls for it to be postponed following civil unrest in the country, as well as opposition to F1 in some pro-democracy demonstrations.

Button said: "I trust in the FIA that they know all the information so we have to trust in their decision.

"I don't think they will ever want to put us at risk. They do a lot on safety for drivers."

He continued: "That's a priority for them. If everything is straightforward and nothing happens, it's not even going to be in the back of my mind at all."

Last week, a number of Formula 1 teams expected the Bahrain GP to be called off amid security concerns but the FIA said it was "satisfied that all the proper security measures are in place".

There is an increased police presence on the roads to the Sakhir International Circuit, where this weekend's racing will take place.

Button has spent two days in Dubai preparing for the warm temperatures, which are expected to exceed 30C in Bahrain.

And the 32-year-old from Somerset said: "It's a massive thing for us, for me especially.

"I don't know why I can't work tyres in cold conditions. It must be the way I drive. I've tried driving differently but it doesn't work. Heat really helps me."

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.

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