Ecclestone: The whole thing with the new F1 engines is totally absurd

Bernie Ecclestone not happy

Bernie Ecclestone not happy

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.

Red Bull ERb10 delivered to the pit garage

Red Bull ERb10 delivered to the pit garage

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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  • Pete

    All you tree hugging hippies out there shouldn’t be watching motor sport if you feel the Co2 emissions are damaging your air. Obviously those who comment on us who want noise and the F1 we started following decades ago, have only started getting an interest in it for its technology. F1 is about high noise high octane and high speed, for you who don’t agree stop watching. Bernie love or hate the guy, without his input there would be no F1 so yes he has a say and a mighty valid one. There was one comment that he should have expired 25yrs ago, I assume that person who commented wasn’t born or watching the sport back then and hasn’t followed it for too long. I’m 40 I started watching it back in 1986 Ayrton Senna was and still is my favourite driver of all time, the sport has changed better in regards to safety and not so for the spectators who can remember what it was and could still be if they could just leave the sport alone.

  • Pete

    BTW bring back the V12 V10 and V8’s