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World News – AU – Bernie Ecclestone insisted Brexit would NOT affect Formula 1 in the Mercedes and Hamilton lineup

. . BERNIE ECCLESTONE admitted that Brexit "would have no impact on Formula 1" before serious question marks were raised about racing legend Lewis Hamilton and his future at Mercedes.

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The former F1 boss argued that Britain’s exit from the EU would « make no difference » to the future of motorsport, despite various warnings from teams in the sport. It has left Mercedes in its ranks like seven-time world champion Hamilton, claiming it could be forced to leave Formula 1, especially in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Brexit trade talks are slated to conclude this week, with the UK and EU either able to strike a deal or not be able to make a pact, prompting Britain to trade with the bloc on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms.

This latter result is something that F1 bosses hope won’t happen, arguing it could kill the sport – especially since so many teams have bases in the UK.

Given that concern, Motorsport UK Chairman David Richards said that if « no deal is reached, the » early part of the season will be a major challenge for all teams « which » some of them have not « yet fully considered ».

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff also called the situation a « nightmare » as Mercedes continued to think about its future in sport.

Former F1 supremo Ecclestone once called the UK’s decision to leave Brussels a « good thing » before arguing that the UK and the future of motorsport outside the bloc were little to fear.

He claimed to have been a « supporter of Brexit all along the line » and made passionate appeals in the run-up to the historic 2016 referendum by demanding that people vote to leave.

His wishes have been granted and after voting, Ecclestone added, « I think it’s for the best. We should rule ourselves.

« When we have something to sell and it’s a good product at the right price, people buy, whether they’re Chinese, Italian or German. . . People will just get over it and get on with their lives. « 

Richards argued last year that Mercedes could potentially struggle to tackle the complexities of a no-deal Brexit, especially if it were forced to relocate its base outside the UK.

He cited the investment the team had made in their Brackley home before asking if Brexit could « prevent them from stopping in Formula One ». .

He asked, « Could this also lead to satellite operations in Europe if some teams move there?

« It’s a big infrastructure to move, so it’s not easy. It won’t make life any easier for a Formula 1 team based in England. ”

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Should Mercedes leave the sport, it would put Hamilton’s own future in doubt as he would be forced to find a new team.

He recently collected his seventh world title, which corresponds to the seemingly impassable record of the German F1 king Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton himself has remained cautious on the subject, even dropping hints that he may be ready to retire from the sport altogether by the end of the year.

His contract with Mercedes is on, although he is expected to sign another deal with the team, but he said earlier this month, “I don’t even know if I’ll be here next year so it’s not that real a concern for me « .

On the subject of Brexit itself, however, he was less cryptic and described 2016 as a « pretty terrible year for the world ». .

The Stevenage-born racing driver said the mix of Brexit, Donald Trump becoming US President, and the death of a close friend made it an « unspectacular year, » adding, « But the best what to do with the. « The end of each year is to try and take out the good things, because there are always good things, and to take that with you and leave the rubbish behind. ”

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