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Monday, October 6, 2008

Bernie: Send in the clowns

“Of course, when you race on a track that would work better as a circus rink or something along those lines, anything can happen, because the real show was put on yesterday by the safety car,” he said. “This is humiliating for the F1 world. During the next few weeks, I would like discuss this with all the other teams.”
- Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

It took some time, but Bernie Ecclestone has finally responded to Luca di Montezemolo’s criticism of what happened in Singapore, and it was vintage Bernie.

“If the Ferrari president is right about the Singapore Grand Prix being a circus, then we have to be grateful to him for providing the clowns,” Fox Sports quotes the F1 Ringmaster. “After the weekend Ferrari had, their president should have shut up and kept his head down.”

Not content to leave it at that, Ecclestone pontificated on who was responsible for Felipe Massa’s loss. Not surprisingly, he didn’t blame the safety car.

“If Massa loses the World Championship, he will know the team were responsible. He would have destroyed everybody in Singapore if he had kept going.”

And on Ferrari’s pitstop gadgetry?

“If I wanted to be a smart-arse, I'd have devised a system so that the light goes green to release the driver at the same time as the coupling hose comes off the car. If it's a matter of turning a switch, which I am led to believe is how it works, then why not stick with the ‘lollipop’ man of old? Why do you want to have some other piece of technology that can go wrong? It's over the top.”
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No fan of Bernie, but, ... SPOT ON!

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