Bernie Ecclestone has once again voiced his support for the Bahrain GP, insisting that it will take place, while officials say it could unite the country.
Bahrain has been a hot topic in world politics and in the microcosm of F1 after the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled due to the civil unrest that had broken out in the Gulf state.
There has been much debate regarding whether or not the 2012 race would take place, but Ecclestone says there isn't anything to debate - F1 is returning to Bahrain in April.
"Of course the race is going to happen. No worries at all," Ecclestone told Press Association Sport.
"What I don't understand are the negative statements being made, people catching them and continuing them. They're saying things they don't understand.
"People say to me 'There's not going to be a race.' And I say 'Well how do you know?' And they tell me they saw or read something, but it's all nonsense.
"These people (the Bahrainis) were brave enough to start an event in that part of the world, and that's it. We'll be there as long as they want us."
Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed R Alzayani insists that security issues arise everywhere and that nothing out of the ordinary will occur in Bahrain.
"I've been mugged in New York twice and I still go back," said Alzayani.
"My brother was mugged outside Harrods. Somebody stuck a knife to him and took off his Rolex, but he still comes to London 10 times a year.
"These incidents can happen anywhere. It's not going to stop our grand prix.
"But I don't think anything will happen. We are not witnessing that (kind of incident) in Bahrain.
"You will go there and see it's business as usual. Yes, we have some isolated clashes with police in villages, but some of them are tiny - 10 to 15 people.
"It's nothing, yet it gets blown out of all proportion and it makes it sound bad, that the whole nation is rising up."
"You can't turn history around, what happened, happened," he added.
"But you can learn from it, move on, and the government acknowledged that.
"Nobody is saying 'No, nothing wrong happened'. We all lived it, but what we are saying now is that what happened is not happening today, and it's time to move on."
Ecclestone added that while he was not concerned about security, everything would be done to ensure the safety of all involved.
"Whatever is necessary to do will be done, and which is probably not necessary anyway," said the Briton.
"We've never been concerned about security in the past. I don't understand why people should be concerned now."
For his part, Sheikh Abdullah bin Isa Al Khalifa, the president of the Automobile Federation of Bahrain, believes that GP could help to unite the people of Bahrain.
"People keep asking me about Bahrain, and I appreciate their apprehension, but anybody who has been there before and comes now will see there is no difference," he said.
"It is why I'm hoping for the race to come as quickly as possible, just to let this community (in Formula One) see and feel what is really going on in Bahrain.
"I know all eyes are on us, but for me I feel there is a buzz going on in the country to rally around Formula One.
"So my message to Formula One is 'be part of unifying my country'.
"We've had our share of trouble, people have made mistakes, but it is time to reconcile, to move on and come out stronger and more united."