Finding videos shot by fans for most recent races is quite straightforward. Even events that have not previously enjoyed substantial crowds – like the Chinese Grand Prix – are gaining in popularity, meaning fan footage is easier to come by.
That’s not the case when it comes to the Bahrain Grand Prix. Two years on from the cancelled grand prix the turmoil in the country is evidenced by the imposition of something approaching martial law to ensure the pro-democracy protests don’t interfere with the running of the race.
This has an inevitable effect on attendance, which in the most optimistic projections of the race organisers only reached 28,000 on race day. On top of that the Bahrain government censors and restricts access to online and social media.
Lots of empty seats in this turn three grandstand as the race goes on.
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