F1 insists Bahrain GP will go on, despite unrest

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LONDON (AP) -- Formula One's governing body has no plans to cancel the Bahrain Grand Prix despite trouble on the first anniversary of the uprising on the Gulf island.

Police fired tear gas at protesters to pre-empt large demonstrations against the country's Sunni rulers on Tuesday.

But the FIA says the "staging of a grand prix would be beneficial in bridging some of the difficulties Bahrain is experiencing."

While the unrest led to the 2011 grand prix being canceled, the event will return to the championship on April 22.

The FIA says it is "not in a position to influence political matters in a sovereign country such as Bahrain and we can only wish for a long-term peaceful solution."

The governing body welcomes that "a number of reforms have been enacted."