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F1 “got lucky” with incredible race in Hungary – Ecclestone

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F1 “got lucky” with incredible race in Hungary – Ecclestone
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Jul 29, 2015, 9:30 AM

Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone says F1 “got lucky” in Hungary as the sport provided a great show on the weekend when the late Jules Bianchi was remembered.

Start: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari leads
Second place Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Honda takes the checkered flag
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T leads behind the FIA Safety Car
Race winner Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Race winner Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T celebrates in parc ferme
The family of Jules Bianchi in the paddock,: Tom, Philippe and Christine Bianchi - brother, father and mother

The race followed another entertaining grand prix at Silverstone, and added further fuel to the ongoing debate on the move towards rules changes to improve the show.

"Unbelievable, an incredible race," Ecclestone told Motorsport.com. "Do you think if we changed the rules it would be better?

"What do you think happened today that made the racing good?"

When suggested it was the circumstances, and in particular the start – something that has co-incidentally been addressed by rule changes that could create unpredictable first laps from Spa onwards – Ecclestone smiled.

"Well done!" he replied. "I'm just saying... The circumstances. These things happen.

"It was a very good race, the crowd was good, the Bianchi family was here. It seemed to work alright. We got lucky."

Taking rough with the smooth

Ecclestone agreed that the sport has always had good and bad races since it started.

"We don't have enough good ones!" he quipped. "What was good, and it's the funniest thing, I spoke to one of the guys on the Mercedes board, and said,

"'Can you see if you can not win this race, and make it a bit more exciting?' They did a good job."

The Bianchi family was flown from Nice to Budapest in a plane provided by Ecclestone.

Regarding the invitation, he said: "I thought they should be here. I said if you fall off a horse you want to get back on again, you don't want to stop riding horses. I said to his father, you like F1."

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Series Formula 1
Event Hungarian GP
Location Hungaroring
Author Adam Cooper