Ecclestone still opposed 2020 F1 season going ahead: 'All you have is hope'

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Ex-Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone still believes the sport is wrong to be pushing ahead with a 2020 season.

Plans are starting to take shape for a new calendar which is set to be unveiled soon, with the Austrian government reportedly giving the go-ahead for two races to take place on July 5 and 12.

Elsewhere too lockdowns are gradually being eased as the number of coronavirus cases continues to drop, however, Ecclestone believes there remains too much uncertainty about how the coming months will play out.

“I thought at the beginning of all this there shouldn’t be a championship this year,” he told the Evening Standard.

“It’s not up to Formula 1 to say what’s going to happen. The government can easily say, ‘Terribly sorry, it can’t happen’ and there might be a second wave of this virus and then everything that’s planned has to suddenly stop.

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“This season is not good for anyone and the biggest problem they’ve got is not knowing when this is going to finish," Ecclestone added.

"If someone could say that this is going to end in September or October, you can make plans, but how can you make plans? All you have is hope.”

The 89-year-old also isn't convinced by plans to hold two races at some circuits, such as Spielberg and Silverstone, and fears the 2020 championship will be tainted as a result.

“It’s a funny championship, isn’t it? You have the Austrian Grand Prix and the next week the same thing but called something else," he said.

“So, you’ll look at the championship, someone wins and you’re not quite sure what they’ve won. And people will forever say that it was a lucky win because it wasn’t really a championship.”

Cheers Bernie, that's one way to kill any optimism...