Bahrain Grand Prix ends without disruption despite protests

Armoured security vehicles, police cars and armed guards at road blocks decorated the route into Sakhir in the morning.

updated: April 21, 2013 20:43 IST
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Bahrain: Police clashed with Shiite demonstrators on Sunday only hours ahead of Bahrain's Formula One, but a massive security presence prevented any disruption to the race itself as Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag.

The Grand Prix was overshadowed by sometimes bloody clashes away from the circuit which dragged Formula One bosses into controversy for a second year in a row.

Police have fired birdshot and tear gas to contain simmering resentment at a deadly crackdown by the Sunni royal family on Arab Spring-inspired protests that erupted in 2011 led by the kingdom's Shiite Muslim majority.

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