F1 without Ecclestone “unimaginable” – Horner

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says it is hard to imagine Formula One existing without Bernie Ecclestone.

The Formula One Group boss had played a major role in running the sport for the last four decades. But his future in the role is in doubt as he faces charges of bribing a German banker during the sale of Formula One to CVC Capital partners seven years ago.

“Bernie is a unique individual who has run Formula One tremendously successfully for the last 40 or 45 years,” Horner told The Telegraph. “The business, as it is today, is because of the way he has run it and operated it. It is unimaginable for him not to be there.”

Horner is one of several people who has been tipped as a potential successor to Ecclestone, though he has played down the claims.

He said it was “very difficult for us to judge” how serious the threat to Ecclestone’s position is. But he is in no doubt Ecclestone remains the best person for the job:

“So long as Bernie is able to run the business, then he is absolutely the right guy to be running it. It’s as simple as that. And he has the full backing of the shareholders of Formula One.”

Hinch boldly “goes” where many drivers have gone before

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One of the most common questions racing drivers face is “What happens if you have to use the bathroom when you’re driving?”

And the most common answer is “You just go.” While admittedly a little disgusting, it is nonetheless a problem that occasionally surfaces, and an innumerable amount of drivers have done so in their careers.

However, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe apparently had never found himself in such a predicament in his career. That is, until Sunday in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

While under the first red flag for rain, Hinchcliffe started to receive “nature’s call.” Unable to get out of the car to use a restroom – drivers had not been permitted to get out of their cars – Hinchcliffe was forced to wait and hold it.

But when the cars briefly took to the track again prior to a second red flag, it became too much to handle, and Hinch was forced to “relieve himself” while circulating under caution.

“I always maintained that I knew at some point in my career it would happen,” he quipped to NBCSN’s Kevin Lee.”

He added, “I was sitting there under that first red (flag), just begging to get three minutes. That’s all you need, (steering wheel off to wheel on). And when we got going again, my legs were shaking, I had to go so bad. I’m like ‘I can’t drive a race car like this.’ So under caution, it took me a full lap, it was one of the least comfortable experiences of my entire life, but I can officially say I’ve joined the likes of Will Power, Dario Franchitti, and other greats that have peed themselves in their suit.”

Social media reaction added to the moment’s hilarity, with SPM and teammate Robert Wickens weighing in.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal also chimed in, coming to Hinchcliffe’s defense.

Hinchcliffe, fully refreshed, will restart the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in fifth when racing resumes on Monday.

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