Fears over this weekend's troubled Bahrain Grand Prix intensified on Wednesday night after British-based team Force India was caught up in a petrol-bomb attack.
A crew from the Formula One team, who are based at Silverstone, was travelling back from the circuit to their hotel in Manama when the ordeal occurred.
Force India team members were forced to flee as petrol bombs were hurled over their vehicle on their way back from the Bahrain Grand Prix track.
The four mechanics in a 4x4 were caught in the middle of an incident as police clashed with protesters.
Some tear gas fired by police entered the car, before the driver escaped through a gap in the flames on the road.
No Force India staff were hurt but two team members have asked to return home.