The group of hackers known as Anonymous took down the official website for Formula One at formulaone.com and F1-racers.net today during the first tests.
By doing this they protest the increasingly violent crackdown on the people of Bahrain by their own government.
“Anonymous will turn your web site (www.formula1.com) into a smoking crater in cyber space. We will also jam your phone lines, bomb your E-Mail inboxes – and wreck anything else of yours we can find on the internet,” addressed Anonymous to Bernie Ecclestone, president and CEO of Formula One.
The group also appeals to F1 fans not to attend in person or watch the race on television, and to ignore it. They also appeal to the drivers themselves to protest the race by not crossing the starting line at the beginning of the race.
In 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix was canceled because civil unrest, and although the frequency of protests increased, it has not yet been cancelled. As a result, activists, now including the Anonymous group, are using the motorsport’s worldwide popularity to gain attention for their cause.