It is so surprising to see one race change the entire scenario of the Formula 1 calendar. With Max Verstappen stamping his authority in five of the previous six grand prix, all it took was one unfortunate event in order for Lewis Hamilton to make a significant comeback. Not only for the driver, but for the team as well. Former F1 Owner, Bernie Ecclestone feels that the seven-time World Champion is the Championship favorite yet again.
Interestingly Bernie Ecclestone has joined those who believe Lewis Hamilton should have been more harshly penalized for his clash with title rival Max Verstappen at Silverstone. One round of the former F1 supremo’s criticism had already reached Hamilton prior to the incident, when Ecclestone said the Mercedes driver is no longer the fighter he was.
What Makes Bernie Ecclestone Feel Lewis Hamilton is the 2021 Championship Favorite Again?
“Lewis’ actions did not surprise me,” he told veteran F1 correspondent Roger Benoit. “After five defeats, he had fallen into a deep mental depression and lacked the necessary concentration. And since Max is always rock hard, Hamilton played poker and went all-in,” he told Blick newspaper.
Ecclestone was highly critical of the stewards’ decision to impose only a 10-second time penalty for the incident that left Max Verstappen briefly in hospital.
“What you could do is let the two best drivers loose and then talk about a racing accident,” he said. “But if they think it was dangerous, then a 10-second penalty is a joke. I would have given at least a 30-second penalty.”
Ultimately, Ecclestone thinks the situation ended firmly in British Grand Prix winner Hamilton’s favour, as he slashed his championship deficit to just 8 points.