January 23, 2022

‘Utter nonsense’: Former supremo slams F1 chaos

Former System 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone says claims Lewis Hamilton was robbed of the world championship are “full and utter nonsense.”

The F1 world stays divided over a controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, that noticed Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen topped champion, after a last-lap go for the lead.

That got here after a security automobile interval, the place Mercedes claims the right restart process wasn’t adopted.

READ MORE: Verstappen reveals message from Mercedes boss after F1 finale

READ MORE: Truth behind exiled NRL star John Asiata’s anti-vax stance

READ MORE: Hamilton claims Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was ‘manipulated’

Misplaced in all of the drama was a first-lap incident between Hamilton and Verstappen, which left the Purple Bull camp livid on the lack of any penalty for Hamilton.

Verstappen had tried to go the Mercedes driver, who left the observe and stored the lead. Officers dominated that he gave again any benefit he gained by taking the short-cut, whereas Purple Bull felt he ought to have needed to cede his place to Verstappen.

Bernie Ecclestone

Michael Schumacher
Bernie Ecclestone (proper) with Purple Bull boss Christian Horner in 2019. (Getty)

“About being robbed – it is full and utter nonsense,” Ecclestone advised Sky UK.

“If you wish to give it some thought rigorously, on the primary lap of that race he (Hamilton) went off the circuit and got here again on once more and Verstappen stayed on the circuit and did completely nothing flawed.

“Lewis wasn’t punished in any respect for this so he should not be complaining an excessive amount of. This stuff occur on a regular basis in sports activities. We should not blame the race director, he did precisely what was the appropriate factor to do.’

A radio message has emerged in the aftermath of the race, the place Hamilton tells his Mercedes staff that the end result was “manipulated” in a reference to the restart process employed following the late-race security automobile.

“I might prefer to know who has been manipulating and is intelligent sufficient to try this,” Ecclestone mentioned.

sky uk

world championship
Lewis Hamilton tackles a qualifying lap forward of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Getty)

“This was only a set of circumstances that occurred and it ended an unbelievable world championship that I am positive everybody was more than pleased to observe.”

Mercedes is but to verify if it’ll push forward with an attraction, with the deadline for doing so simply three days away.

It is a transfer Ecclestone says would win them few associates.

Aussie official below fireplace over F1 title end

“I feel an attraction could be the worst factor they (Mercedes) may do. It will appear to be they’re unhealthy losers,” he mentioned.

“It was very stage. Two guys racing one another and one was faster than the opposite one. It is numerous nonsense. It took them 4 hours to resolve if they’d a case or not so it could not have been that clear.

“Max gained it honest and sq. which is an effective factor to do. Individuals are simply as blissful to see a brand new face win it. I personally was blissful that Lewis did not win an eighth championship due to Michael Schumacher. I would not prefer to see that damaged.”

For a each day dose of the perfect of the breaking information and unique content material from Vast World of Sports activities, subscribe to our publication by clicking here!