F1 » Ecclestone: 'Wrong' to slate Hamilton, 'let him race'

F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone has sprung to the defence of the under-fire Lewis Hamilton, insisting 'people have been wrong' to slate the McLaren-Mercedes star of late and urging: 'Let him race!'

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Tealeaf - Unregistered

June 16, 2011 3:40 PM

Is this the same Bernie that wanted Bahrain back on the calender this year before he realised the outcry? This is a greedy little man, he doesn't even care about Hamilton, in fact I bet he wants more crashes so there'll be more dramas, this greed will ultimately end him sooner rather than later.


June 16, 2011 3:47 PM


I usually take the comments of Bernie with a grain of salt.

In this instance I totally agree with him. And that is from a Webber/RBR supporter.

Bernies comments show commonsense. He admits Lewis
has been a loose gun however also shows the other side.

Bernis may be pushing the P.R. machine along however the article is impartial.

Hainesy - Unregistered

June 16, 2011 3:47 PM

@Dr Thompson - Apart from last week I've not seen much evidence of any racing in F1 and it took lots of stopping and starting, rain and 'safety cars' to give us that. If 'racing' means overtaking and risk taking, lets see it. Who want to sit and watch Vettel lead a race for 60 laps every other Sunday afternoon? These boys are paid millions, they're paid to take part in a risky job although F1 is so safe these days i'd argue I've more chance of ending up dead driving 60 miles to work each day than these boys have of breaking a finger nail.

ThePhoenix - Unregistered

June 16, 2011 3:48 PM

I guess Mclaren build him a stronger car after his crashes last year.With his bumper-car technique, or the get out of the way I am coming trick,he sure is not an example that should be followed.His instinctive style seems to be detune right now...let's hope for him he can find the good timing more often.

Rick B

June 16, 2011 3:53 PM

Sure, we like to see aggressive racing, but by drivers who know their limitations and rarely get it wrong. That's what differentiates F1 from GP2, IRL etc.

Remember Canada last year, when Schumacher kept hitting people and we all thought he had lost "it"? That's because as aggressive as he always been, he very rarely got it wrong in the past. Same goes for Senna.

We want to see drivers that are good enough to make an aggressive move stick, not drivers that bluntly run into their competitors because of poor judgment and lack of self-control.

What we don't want to see is our favorite drivers taken out of the race by this guy.


June 16, 2011 4:45 PM
Last Edited 1 day 22 hours ago

Lets all take our we hate Lewis glassess off shall we and look at the contacts he's had.

Im not even getting into the Maldonado penalty, if you think this was a penalty move on - if Maldonado had of seen him coming the same people who say this was "dangerous" would describe it as "world class".

Massa - penalty, ill timed move.

Webber - Unfortunate, for anyone else a racing incident.

Button - Button admitted in his post race interview "I couldnt see anything out of my mirrors due to the spray, Ive already apologised to him". So Hamilton through it up against the wall and button collided with him. Ask yourself this, if Alonso had done this would you be blaming him? No. It was unfortunate and Lewis was the one who lost out. End of.

He has not taken ANYONE out. Massa got out of shape on the marbles and hit the wall.

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