The official Formula One website has been hacked; a group that calls itself Anonymous has claimed that it has taken down the site in support of protests against the decision to stage the Grand Prix in Bahrain.
There have been protests in Bahrain against the government's decision to host the F1 race in the country, scheduled on Sunday, even as a crackdown on activists, professionals and opposition members continues.
The collective has posted a statement on its website F1 Racers denouncing the regime of King Hamad bin Al-Khalifa. "For over one year the people of Bahrain have struggled against the oppressive regime of King Hamad bin Al Khalifa. They have been murdered in the streets, run over with vehicles, beaten, tortured, tear gassed, kidnapped by police, had their businesses vandalised by police, and have tear gas thrown in to their homes on a nightly basis," says the statement.