Outrage as FOM apparently ignores Force India

Saturday 21st April 2012, 14:03 by Ryan Wood 

The lesser spotted Force India in Bahrain ( Sahara Force India)

Fans have taken to social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to share their disapproval of what looked like a deliberate ploy by FOM to ignore the Force India outfit during qualifying.

Despite Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta being the only drivers on-track at one point during Q2, the FOM world feed, which is broadcast worldwide, concentrated on the little action taking place in the pitlane instead.

Throughout the 40 minute coverage of the three sessions, the cars didn't appear on screen once. Whilst this in itself is unusual, it's made even stranger considering the fact that Paul di Resta managed to get through to the final top-ten shootout for the first time in 2012.

It could simply be a coincidence, but following events on Friday when the Silverstone based outfit chose not to participate in FP2 after fearing for its employees safety, the facts begin to point toward an intentional ploy to ignore the cars in retaliation.

According to a well respected reporter, this wouldn't be the first time the race director has been instructed not to show a team on screen.

It certainly raises some interesting questions.



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