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2015-10-13 14:55

'NO CLOSED-COCKPITS' : F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone says open cockpits is here to stay in the sport despite safety concerns. Image: AFP

London, England - Bernie Ecclestone says he does not back moves to put a cover or canopy over the drivers' heads in Formula 1.

A spate of incidents in F1 and other categories, including the deaths of Jules Bianchi and Justin Wilson but also Carlos Sainz's worrying brush with the barriers at Sochi, has ramped-up momentum to end the days of fully open cockpits.

Read: Former F1 legend: Closed cockpits bad idea

But when asked if traditional open-wheelers are now an endangered species, F1 supremo Ecclestone told the Russian news agency Tass: "No, never."

'It is a dangerous sport'

In fact, the 84-year-old Ecclestone suggested that danger is an integral part of the 'show'.

Ecclestone insisted: "It is a dangerous sport. Nobody wants to see people killed or hurt (but) people like to go to the circus and see the high-wire act. It is dangerous."

He added: "They do not want to see the guy fall, but it could happen."

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