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Bernie: Crown Raikkonen or I quit

Eurosport - Wed, 14 Nov 15:40:00 2007
Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone has threatened to walk away from the sport if Kimi Raikkonen's newly-won world championship is snatched away after McLaren appealed the Brazilian GP result.

McLaren have queried the stewards' decision last month to not penalise four rival cars despite their fuel being found arguably cooler than the regulations allow.

Should the FIA Court of Appeal in London exclude three of the four cars and promote Lewis Hamilton up the Interlagos finishing-order, the 22-year-old rookie could be belatedly handed the championship.

Briton Hamilton, however, has said he does not want to win a title away from the race tracks, and Ecclestone now reveals that such a scenario could compel him into retirement, 35 years after he bought the Brabham team in 1972.

"If anyone thinks that's the best thing for Formula One then I'd have very serious thoughts about me retiring," the 77-year-old is quoted as saying by The Guardian.

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"If anyone thinks that's the best thing for Formula One then I'd have very serious thoughts about me retiring," the 77-year-old is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
Any possible chance we could get BOTH?

Should Bernie begin to have serious thoughts about retiring from F1 then he finally join the rest of the world. Many have had serious thoughts about his retirement for a decade. He needs to understand that success is not just measured in revenue.


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Could be a plus and a minus or a win and a loss either way.


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I read Autosport, a weekly magazine from UK which is the best that I've ever read! The editor discussing this issue mentioned an option that is the most reasonable for the image of the sport. Especially after ING, Vodafone, HP and a couple other major sponsors issued statements that they would retract their money if more scandal in F1 will hit the news stands! The option is to penalise the two BMW's and the Williams and put Hamilton on 4th spot but he would not earn 5 points, just 2! It's in the rules that if you get advanced becuase of other people being disqualified you don't necesarly earn their points!
It will be interesting to see what the outcome is!
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