Ecclestone slams teams for lack of action in wet FP1

Nico Rosberg in the wet during FP1 at Silverstone

Nico Rosberg in the wet during FP1 at Silverstone

Furious Bernie Ecclestone has slammed the regulations after packed grandstands at Silverstone on Friday watched little more than falling rain during practice.

Because the teams were saving rain tyres, safeguarding precious new bodywork pieces and expecting better weather for the rest of the British Grand Prix weekend, the drivers stayed in their garages for the bulk of the opening 90-minute session.

At the same time, a two hour’s drive away, the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council was meeting at Goodwood, where a new rule allocating drivers an extra set of dry tyres for Friday practice sessions next year was approved.

But those dry tyres wouldn’t have helped the wet spectators at Silverstone on Friday.

“It was disastrous for F,” the diminutive chief executive admitted to British reporters.

“They need to change the regulations to ensure that this sort of thing does not happen. The FIA and the teams need to sort it out,” he said.

“People pay good money, and there is a television audience to think about, too.”Maybe it should be that they get six sets of tyres to use on a Friday and if they do not run, we take away that number from their Saturday total.” (GMM)

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  • Tumusiime

    Oh Bernie, cant you think of something outside dimes in yo pockets, like for instance safety of drivers and their machines on a very wet track!! Oh I remember you’ve never driven a racing car on a wet and slippery track!!!

  • What good is setting up your car on a wet track if you expect dry racing?

    Bernie has lost his mind. What good is it for teams to go out in the wet if the rest of the weekend is forecast to be dry when they run the cars?

    The quicker Bernie is gone from Formula One the better off Formula One will be.

  • Matthias O’keeffe

    Bernie looks like he wants to kill drivers…

  • JR

    The teams don’t care about the paying public, they’d race without any spectators or a TV audience, so long as Mr.E keeps upping their income from the money they get him to screw out of the circuits and broadcasters.