Bernie Ecclestone would NOT have called off the rainy Belgian Grand Prix

Canceling the race was WRONG! Bernie Ecclestone agrees with Lewis Hamilton over the ridiculous Belgian GP as the ex-F1 supremo says he would NOT have left the race – instead leaving the final decision to the 20 drivers

  • Max Verstappen was crowned the winner of the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa on Sunday
  • It is the shortest Grand Prix race in the history of the sport with only two laps completed
  • Lewis Hamilton called it a farce and Bernie Ecclestone agreed with the driver
  • Speak with Sports postEcclestone says he wouldn’t have canceled the race


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Bernie Ecclestone says he would not have canceled Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, but would leave the decision to race to individual drivers.

The former Formula One supremo told Sports post“I would have said at 3pm when the race would start, let’s try again at 4pm or 4.30pm.

“It doesn’t look like conditions will improve, but I don’t know. But whatever happens, it starts there.

Heavy rain limited Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix to two laps behind the safety car

Heavy rain limited Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix to two laps behind the safety car

Lewis Hamilton described the race as a 'farce' for the sport

Lewis Hamilton described the race as a 'farce' for the sport

Bernie Ecclestone said the final decision should have gone to the drivers

Bernie Ecclestone said the final decision should have gone to the drivers

Lewis Hamilton called it a ‘farce’ and Bernie Ecclestone (right) agreed with the world champion

‘If you want to have fun racing; if not, fine. No one could put a gun to someone’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 damn dangerous there.

“If I wanted to score points for the team and for myself, maybe I would think I wanted to continue. People decide for themselves, and it’s not Afghanistan.

“We drove in worse conditions and didn’t cancel the race.”

Ecclestone (left) rarely agrees with Hamilton (right) but felt decision to cancel was wrong

Ecclestone (left) rarely agrees with Hamilton (right) but felt decision to cancel was wrong

Ecclestone (left) rarely agrees with Hamilton (right) but felt decision to cancel was wrong

The ex-F1 supremo believes the decision should have been left to the drivers to race

The ex-F1 supremo believes the decision should have been left to the drivers to race

The ex-F1 supremo believes the decision should have been left to the drivers to race

Sunday’s non-event lasted just two laps behind the safety car after more than three hours of delay when it rained at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes forest.

Max Verstappen won with George Russell second and Lewis Hamilton third.

Hamilton said the decision to continue was a commercial one – two laps is the minimum distance required for a classified race.

Ecclestone said: ‘I agree with Lewis. Not always me, but in this he was right.’

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