Ecclestone thanks Ferrari for ‘providing the clowns’

Bernie Ecclestone, the architect of the idea to have a F1 night race in Singapore, has hit back at Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo’s claim that the event was "a circus".

Ecclestone told the Mail on Sunday: "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.

”If Felipe Massa loses the world championship, he will know the team were responsible. He would have destroyed everybody in Singapore if he had kept going."

Ecclestone’s comments were a reference to Ferrari driver Massa leaving a pit stop with a coupling hose still attached to his car.

The time penalty that the Brazilian driver incurred means that he could win all three of this season’s remaining F1 races and still lose the drivers’ championship to Lewis Hamilton, if his British rival is second in each contest.

Hamilton has recently said that "he hates driving for points" but can see the benefit of such a strategy as the title race nears its conclusion.

Written by James Christie

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