Bernie Ecclestone on Belgian GP: “I agree with Lewis”

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Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he agrees with Lewis Hamilton’s comments that the two-lap Belgian Grand Prix was “a farce”.

Bernie Ecclestone has blasted Formula 1 management and the FIA for delaying the Belgian Grand Prix for hours because of heavy rain, and for their decision to ultimately allow cars to drive two laps behind a Safety Car, just to be able to say a race was held.

“I would have said at 3pm, when the race was due to start, let’s try again at 4pm or 4.30pm,” Ecclestone explained.

“It doesn’t look as if conditions will improve but I don’t know. But regardless of what’s happening it will start then.

“If you want to race, fine; if not, fine. Nobody could put a pistol to anyone’s head. It was up to them.

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“If I was at the back of the grid, I might decide it’s not worth the risk because it’s bloody dangerous out there.

“If I wanted to score points for the team and for myself, I might think I wanted to go ahead. People make their own minds up, and it is not Afghanistan.

“We have raced in worse conditions than that and not called off the race.”

Taking everything into account Ecclestone said he agrees with Lewis Hamilton, who called the event “a farce”.

“I agree with Lewis. I don’t always, but on this he was right,” concluded former F1 supremo.

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