F1 “got lucky” with incredible race in Hungary – Ecclestone

Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone says F1 “got lucky” in Hungary as the sport provided a great show on the weekend when the late Jules Bianchi was remembered.

F1 “got lucky” with incredible race in Hungary – Ecclestone
Start: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari leads
Second place Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Honda takes the checkered flag
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T leads behind the FIA Safety Car
Race winner Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Race winner Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T celebrates in parc ferme
The family of Jules Bianchi in the paddock,: Tom, Philippe and Christine Bianchi - brother, father and mother

The race followed another entertaining grand prix at Silverstone, and added further fuel to the ongoing debate on the move towards rules changes to improve the show.

"Unbelievable, an incredible race," Ecclestone told Motorsport.com. "Do you think if we changed the rules it would be better?

"What do you think happened today that made the racing good?"

When suggested it was the circumstances, and in particular the start – something that has co-incidentally been addressed by rule changes that could create unpredictable first laps from Spa onwards – Ecclestone smiled.

"Well done!" he replied. "I'm just saying... The circumstances. These things happen.

"It was a very good race, the crowd was good, the Bianchi family was here. It seemed to work alright. We got lucky."

Taking rough with the smooth

Ecclestone agreed that the sport has always had good and bad races since it started.

"We don't have enough good ones!" he quipped. "What was good, and it's the funniest thing, I spoke to one of the guys on the Mercedes board, and said,

"'Can you see if you can not win this race, and make it a bit more exciting?' They did a good job."

The Bianchi family was flown from Nice to Budapest in a plane provided by Ecclestone.

Regarding the invitation, he said: "I thought they should be here. I said if you fall off a horse you want to get back on again, you don't want to stop riding horses. I said to his father, you like F1."

shares
comments
Jorda 'surprised' by Mouton criticisms
Previous article

Jorda 'surprised' by Mouton criticisms

Next article

Frustrated? Bored? Fed up? What's eating Fernando Alonso?

Frustrated? Bored? Fed up? What's eating Fernando Alonso?
Load comments
The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race Prime

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race

OPINION: Max Verstappen has made the 2021 Formula 1 championship. He’s taken the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes squad and its dominant champion, produced driving displays few can match. But he’s been on a controversial course too, and finally crossed a particular line in Jeddah

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer Prime

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer

OPINION: Saudi Arabia's new F1 circuit delivered a memorable first event, although not necessarily for all the right reasons. In the wake of the chaotic race, drivers voiced their concerns about the track but small changes could make significant improvements ahead of a return in four months.

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain Prime

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain

From ranking as one of the most impressive new teams to join the Formula 1 grid, Haas’s stock has plummeted along with its on-track performances over the past two seasons. Everything now hangs on whether its reforged alliance with Ferrari can deliver a better car – and whether its rookie drivers can set aside their quarrels. Oleg Karpov asks if any of these goals are achievable…

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An ill-tempered Saudi Grand Prix made Formula 1 more soap opera than sporting spectacle at times, but there were some strong performances up and down the field on the world championship's first visit to Jeddah

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series Prime

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance Prime

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

Formula 1
Dec 5, 2021
The factors that could negate Red Bull's practice gap to Mercedes Prime

The factors that could negate Red Bull's practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton...

Formula 1
Dec 4, 2021
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Prime

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021