Former F1 Boss Ecclestone Says F1 Should Just Cancel the 2020 Season

Former Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone says that Formula 1 should simply cancel the entire 2020 season and start looking ahead to 2021.

When asked by Italy’s Corriere della Sera if he has been following the sport’s crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic, Ecclestone said, “Yes, it was easy, nothing happened. If it was up to me, I would cancel the season.

“How can you think of racing when nobody knows how the situation will evolve? Anyone who talks about this virus has no idea what it is. We know very little about it. So I would tell everyone to forget 2020 and focus on 2021. Prepare for next March because now it is not possible.

“I get a lot of calls from many of the organizers and they have a lot of problems. They don’t even know if they can sell tickets. With all these restrictions, how will enough races be organized?”

Many F1 teams have furloughed staff, amid widespread suggestions that some may fail altogether. Nine of the first 22 races have been either postponed or canceled. Officials in Australia and Monaco have given up hope of a race in 2020 and have canceled their races.

“This year they are receiving the payments from 2019 and can work to contain the damage,” Ecclestone said. “Then the teams will ask for more and more, which is no different from 30 years ago. You tell them a figure, and they want more.”

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