staff ordered to remove Pride flags from backpacks by security staff at Bahrain International CircuitJust last year MPs had called for an investigation between grands prix and human rights violations

FORMULA ONE have taken action after team members were ordered to remove the Pride Flag from their backpacks by security staff. A complaint was raised with the sport’s bosses and the track’s owners, who say they have now dealt with the “isolated incident”. And while homosexuality is legal in Bahrain, other rights are restricted or not recognised. Bahrain will host the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix next Sunday, March 3. An F1 spokesperson said: “This was an isolated incident that happened against the policies of F1 and the event organiser in Bahrain. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Bahrain International Circuit added: “BIC, the host of the Bahrain Grand Prix, welcomes all to its venue and stands against all forms of discrimination.

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