Ecclestone: Lewis had a great race

(L to R): Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) F1 Supremo with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren. Formula One World Championship,

Bernie Ecclestone with Lewis Hamilton

Apr.19 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has told Lewis Hamilton’s rivals to “stop moaning” about the on-track tactics of the 2008 world champion.

The McLaren driver’s weaving in front of Vitaly Petrov in Malaysia was a theme throughout the Chinese GP weekend, discussed at length in the media and in the drivers’ briefing by many of Hamilton’s opponents.

The 25-year-old – as well as Sebastian Vettel – was then reprimanded by the stewards in Shanghai for a pitlane incident, but it was Vettel who complained, saying afterwards that Hamilton “was keen to touch me”.

Referring to the Sepang weaving saga, Hamilton told reporters in China that he did not understand “why everyone was fussing about it”.

Asked if he thought the issue was overblown, he answered: “Yeah — they seemed to be talking about it for some time.”

F1 chief executive Ecclestone also thinks Hamilton’s rivals should focus harder on their own driving.

“What are they talking about?” he is quoted as saying by the Mirror. “Isn’t this sport all about racing?

“I thought Lewis had a fantastic race. He drove really well and they should stop complaining and get on with the racing.

“I loved watching his performance in Sepang. I bet the fans did too. It (the reaction) was a whole lot of moaning about nothing,” Ecclestone added.

  • Twiinz

    This is Bernie and the FIA letting Hamilton know he can bend the rules if it is good for the show. The stewards have said “Stop! Or we will yell stop again!” What good are the rules if they are not enforced? Typical FIA. They won’t be upset until someone gets wrecked or hurt. But, it was fun to watch…

  • http://www.last.fm/group/Formula+1 Bec

    And Button was allowed to break rule 40.11 … Maybe because the ex-driver assisting the stewards in China was ex-McLaren driver Wurz.

  • Twiinz

    Ex-drivers still have allegiances to teams and sometimes vocal dislike of other teams/drivers. Maybe they could elect a head steward that is at all the races.

  • Arthur

    Hamilton has been a one man show since the start of the season. In almost all of 2010 races, he makes a mistake and fall down from the position. Then he races up to the front again. That’s where the spectacle begins. Imagine if Lewis always makes a good choice of tyres, it would be boring.