Early Vettel title not a shame insists Ecclestone

By on Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sebastien Vettel. Photo credit: Pirelli & C. S.p.A.

Bernie Ecclestone does not think the early conclusion to the 2011 world championship is "a shame" with multiple races still to run this season.

It is mathematically possible that Sebastian Vettel will wrap up the title after Sunday's Singapore night race, and almost certain that it will be concluded by the chequered flag at Suzuka in two weeks.

"Yes, he could do it (here)," F1 chief executive Ecclestone, who is very fond of the young Red Bull driver, said in Singapore.

"Let's see how the race goes. So many things can happen even when you're on the verge of success," he said in an interview with La Stampa newspaper.

Ecclestone insists that Vettel winning with multiple races to go is not "a shame" for the sport's trackside and television audience.

"No, it doesn't work that way. The public is not just interested in the championship, they like the races (too)," he said.

As for 2012, the 80-year-old said he will be putting a little bet on Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

"At the beginning of the season I would have bet a dollar on him, so I'd better not bet any more than that," smiled Ecclestone.

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