Date: 24th February 2012 at 12:15pm
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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has no doubts that this seasons Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled.

The 2011 Formula One World Championship was set to hold its curtain raiser in Bahrain, but after political unrest in the country and surrounding regions, the event was initially postponed before being dropped.

A year on and Formula One is set to return in April, despite mounting pressure from human rights campaigners and politicians in the United Kingdom.

Members of the House of Lords have previously expressed their desire to see the Formula One race cancelled for a second year, tensions are still high in the country and the vice president for Bahrain Center for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab has also told a Arabian Business website that they will be calling for a boycott if Formula One management insists the event can take place, but Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has remained defiant.

‘Nobody is saying we’re not going or we don’t want to go. Everybody is quite positive.’ Bernie told the BBC.

‘I’ve told the teams there’s no problem at all. I’m absolutely 100% sure we’ll go and there will be no problem.’

There were violent clashes around the Bahrain capital of Manama less than two weeks ago to mark the first anniversary of pro-democracy protests.

Protesters threw petrol bombs and stones at the police, who used rubber bullets and tear gas to try and disperse the groups, while there have also been reports of violent attacks on the public.