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Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone blames Hamilton for crash: Ten seconds wasn't enough

Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone believes Lewis Hamilton was at fault for the collision that took Max Verstappen out of the race at Silverstone.

Bernie Ecclestone has pointed the finger at Lewis Hamilton for being at fault for the collision that wiped Max Verstappen out of the British Grand Prix.

With the two title rivals making contact at the high-speed Copse corner on the first lap of the race, Verstappen ended up in the barriers while Hamilton was able to continue and recover to the race victory after a red flag stoppage allowed him to make necessary repairs. Ecclestone, the former boss of Formula 1, told the Daily Mail that he felt Hamilton was to blame for the clash.

"Who was to blame? You have to say Lewis," Ecclestone said.

"'In the old days we would have said it was one of those things, a racing incident. It was clear that everyone was doing his best to win the championship."

Ecclestone said that, since Hamilton was found at fault, the ten second penalty he was given was far too lenient.

"But if the stewards needed to get involved then they should have given Lewis more than a 10-second penalty. It should have been 30 seconds," Ecclestone explained.

"Lewis was not in front at the point they collided. It wasn't his corner. He was almost a car's length behind. That's why he hit him at the back not the front.

"Ten seconds was not right. The punishment did not fit the crime. If you have to give a sanction, which in some ways they didn't need to, this was not right decision - it wasn't enough."

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