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Ecclestone sides with Hamilton over Belgian GP farce - 'F1 not Afghanistan'

Ecclestone sides with Hamilton over Belgian GP farce - 'F1 not Afghanistan'

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Ecclestone sides with Hamilton over Belgian GP farce - 'F1 not Afghanistan'

Ecclestone sides with Hamilton over Belgian GP farce - 'F1 not Afghanistan'
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Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he would have allowed the drivers to make their own call on whether to race in the rain-lashed Belgian Grand Prix, insisting F1 "is not Afghanistan".

The FIA brought a halt to events at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit almost four hours after the scheduled start time, with half points awarded after the required two laps for a classification were run, albeit behind the safety car.

After watching the events unfold, former F1 supremo Ecclestone told the Daily Mail: "I would have said at 3pm, when the race was due to start, let's try again at 4pm or 4.30pm.

"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.

"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."

Post-race, seven-time F1 champion Hamilton declared what had unfolded "a farce", suggesting the two laps run to ensure were for commercial reasons, specifically stating that "money talks".

Ecclestone added: "I agree with Lewis. I don't always but on this he was right."

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Not rocket science! Have the race on Monday or another day! Masi is in over his head need Toto to run F1! Ecclestone agreed with Sir Lewis Hamilton!?!?!?!?

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Thought Bernie would have said it couldn't start with those conditions.

I guess Lewis was right, old money and new money aren't that much different after all.

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If I re member they were having ago about the FIA not calling to halt to proceeding before Lando Norris rap his car into the fence, Now if they started the race and some one lost there life everyone be jumping up and down blaming the FIA for starting the race, I think the FIA made the right decision and everyone car is in one piece

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Not rocket science! Have the race on Monday or another day! Masi is in over his head need Toto to run F1! Ecclestone agreed with Sir Lewis Hamilton!?!?!?!?

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