Ecclestone threatens to quit over McLaren appeal

Wed, 14 November 2007, 05:17

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has threatened to quit if Kimi Raikkonen’s newly-won world championship is on Thursday snatched away.

McLaren appealed Brazilian GP stewards’ decision last month to not penalise four rival cars despite their fuel being found arguably colder 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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