Ecclestone rebuffs criticism of Japanese GP TV coverage

Bernie Ecclestone has downplayed the controversy over the apparent lack of coverage of Mercedes on the TV world feed of the Japanese GP.

After the race senior Mercedes figures, including Niki Lauda, expressed their frustration that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were hardly featured.

Inevitably some observers suggested that keeping the silver cars off the screens was a ‘punishment’ from Ecclestone, either because the Stuttgart manufacturer has refused to supply Red Bull, or for other reasons.

“People say there is no overtaking so what we showed is a helluva lot of overtaking,” Ecclestone said in Sochi today. “Actually if you look at the figures I think nearly all the teams got more or less the same amount of coverage.

“It’s no good just showing… We had the same with Michael. People don’t want to see one car alone on the track. If there’s some racing going on at the front, it’s good.”

Ecclestone also denied that Lauda had raised the issue with him.

“What’s it got to do with Niki Lauda? Lots of people were unhappy about things. He came and talked to me about something else.”

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