Neil Smallwood: "As a Motorsport fan and journalist do you think F1 should take a stand when it comes to visiting countries with questions over their humanitarian record, like Bahrain? Do you think Sky/BBC should highlight or ignore political situation in Bahrain in their 'venue montages', and should journalists talk more openly about the situation as part of their coverage in general, or would you rather focus on the sport?"
Edd Straw: It's an extremely complex debate and one that is prone to over-simplification. Certainly, in the case of government-run races in particular Formula 1 needs to be extremely cautious about who it gets into bed with. Frankly, there is probably a wider debate that needs to be had as there are a number of countries that have deserved question marks over them. It's clear that in the case of Bahrain this is not a country in which all of the populations have freedoms that many of us take for granted.
As for ignoring the political situation in Bahrain, it's vital that this doesn't happen. News organisations must reflect what is going on accurately and fairly. Personally, I don't believe that Bahrain should have regained its place on the F1 calendar until certain clearly-defined things had changed here. The current situation reflects extremely badly on the sport and for the next few days there will be a continuing string of negative headlines. But seeing as F1 is here now it is very important not to sweep Bahrain's problems under the carpet and suggest everything is fine. This is a promotional race for Bahrain and it's essential to make clear that there are some things about this country that must be reformed. I think that journalists have been pretty open in their reporting - check out the press conference transcript to see how the questions were dodged by team principals.