Ecclestone clarifies off-the-wall comment

Bernie Ecclestone, not as crazy as he sounds
Bernie Ecclestone, not as crazy as he sounds

has clarified his comments regarding erecting walls around corners in order to enforce track limits.

Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, Ecclestone was quoted as saying he wants to see walls on the outside of corners to punish drivers and increase the likelihood of crashes. However, in an interview with the official Formula One website, Ecclestone says his comments were taken out of context.

"What I really said was that these walls should prevent the drivers from running off the track," Ecclestone said. "Because now when they do, it is a case of somebody has to decide whether they ran off because they had a problem, or because they wanted to get an advantage or they make a mistake.

"That then means you have to rely on somebody’s opinion. If you have three stewards that means usually three opinions. One might call for disqualification, one might call for a penalty and the third one might say that there is nothing wrong with it at all.

"The easiest thing to do for some corners – and I really mean only some, and corners that are not deemed dangerous, where somebody could get an advantage by running off – would be to erect small walls to remind them that this is the white line. It would mean we lift the white line up by 40 centimeters."

And Ecclestone says his record of backing safe street races shows he does not want to put the drivers in danger.

"I have done more for Formula One’s safety over the years than anybody else, including having a hospital at the circuits, so we don’t need these discussions. I have never made it dangerous in Monaco – and it’s been there for decades. Baku was no problem, Singapore no problem. And if you ask a driver what race he would love to win more than any other, the immediate answer would be Monaco! There you have it: no driver ever complained about Monaco."

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