With first eight races of 2020-21 Formula One Championship, including the iconic Monaco Grand Prix, either cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus crisis – former F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone says this season’s championship should be cancelled because it appears unlikely that enough races can be completed for it to be valid. Also Read - Singapore F1 Say 'Not Feasible' to Hold Race Behind Closed Doors: Organisers
The 89-year-old feels it is difficult to imagine enough races to go through amid the coronavirus situation. A minimum of eight races are required for the championship to be valid, but former F1 baron Ecclestone believes that will not be possible. Also Read - Formula One: Daniel Ricciardo to Join McLaren in 2021 as Carlos Sainz Replacement
“We should stop the championship this year and start again next year, hopefully, because I can’t see it’s going to be possible to get the right amount of races in that count for a championship,” Ecclestone told BBC Radio. Also Read - Remote Possibility That F1 Championship May Not Happen This Year, Says CEO Chase Carey
“There’s got to be eight from memory, and I can’t see them getting that in. It’s a difficult situation.”
Hamilton was this year aiming to match Michael Schumacher’s record of seven drivers’ titles, though there have been suggestions a truncated season would diminish the achievement.
Ecclestone said that should the season go through and Hamilton wins a truncated championship, the achievement won’t be belittled.
“I don’t think it will make a lot of difference to Lewis. He would win whatever the race number, whether it be eight, 16 or 20,” said Ecclestone.
“If it’s a world championship and he wins, it would go on his record and say he has won a world championship. The terrible thing is he would win all eight races. It wouldn’t be a super championship.”
(With Agency Inputs)