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Bahrain - Apr 20, 2012 - 13:42

Last modified: 20 Apr 2012 10:42
The Force India Formula One team will limit their involvement in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix and may skip the session altogether for safety reasons, Bob Fernley, the deputy team principal, told reporters. 

He said the team, some of whose members were caught in a petrol bomb incident after leaving the track on Wednesday, would take part in Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race as scheduled however.

Al Jazeera's correspondent in the capital Manama, who we are not naming due to reporting restrictions imposed by Bahrain's government, said the team "do not want to be travelling after dark".

The announcement also comes amid reports that anti-government protests will start at 4pm local time, about 30 minutes after practice ends.

Swiss-based Sauber revealed their Bahrain Grand Prix mechanics had also witnessed the fiery incident.

Sauber said in a statement that the mechanics had seen flames in the road after they left the Sakhir circuit in a minibus on Thursday night to return to their hotel in Manama.
"At 20:50 hrs the 12 mechanics being on that bus noticed fire on the medial strip of the highway. The traffic was slow, cars had their hazard flashers on," the Formula One team said.
 
"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."
While international sports correspondents are in Bahrain for the race, non-sports reporters from various other news organisations have not been granted visas to visit the Gulf island.
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[Force India's German driver Nico Hulkenberg arrives in the pits on Friday, during first practice session at the Bahrain International Circuit in Manama ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix - Photo: AFP]