Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, a long time opponent of F1 returning to turbo power, has blasted the sport’s brave new era, saying that the Jerez test this week “proves” that the radical 2014 rules have produced a total farce.
Ecclestone told Sportsmail, “The whole thing with the new engines is totally absurd. People want noise – something special, that’s what F1 is all about – and now we have quiet engines and nobody on the track.”
Ecclestone, who railed against the introduction of the complex Power Units, said that he isn’t taking the blame.
“Look at the last few days. I said it was going to be like this – a total farce. They (the FIA and the teams) insisted on these new engines. If they wanted to race like this they should go to Le Mans,” he declared angrily.
Ecclestone said that the arguments about saving fuel, with each driver now limited to just 100 kilos of fuel per race, don’t even stack up.
“They talk about saving fuel. They don’t need these new engines to achieve that. They should get smaller motorhomes. Then they wouldn’t need so many trucks going all round Europe. Mercedes are taking 23 trucks with them everywhere. If they really wanted to save fuel they should stop that,” insisted the man who was instrumental in making Formula 1 the mega-sport that it is today.
The 83-year-old campaigned fiercely against the beginning of the new era, arguing that the loss of the roaring naturally-aspirated engines would turn fans off. (GP247-GMM)
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