Former Scotland Yard counter-terrorism chief John Yates has a new job advising the monarchy of Bahrain on "police reform."
He said that there are contingency plans in place at Bahrain's Formula One Grand Prix, and that policing at the event will be 'low-key'.
He said his view is that Bahrain is a "delightful place, predominantly safe" and that the regime is "providing the leadership to implement the reforms."
Demonstrators hurled petrol bombs during nightly clashes with the police who responded by firing teargas and rubber bullets.
Crowds of protesters hurled petrol bombs at police who fired tear gas back in Bahrain on Saturday on the eve of the Grand Prix.
Protesters have clashed with police in Bahrain as F1 bosses remained defiant and the country's leaders refused to "empower extremists."