Lauda: Ecclestone outburst on new F1 makes no sense

Niki Lauda with Bernie Ecclestone and Gerhard Berger

Niki Lauda with Bernie Ecclestone and Gerhard Berger

Niki Lauda has hit back at Bernie Ecclestone’s post Jerez attack on Mercedes and Formula 1’s new, greener and quieter turbo engine era.

In an outburst last week against the sport he heads, Formula 1 Chief Executive Ecclestone claimed that the farcical events of the opening test at Jerez proved that his fears about the energy recovery-powered V6 era were well founded.

He even dismissed the argument that Formula 1’s new regulations save fuel, insisting: “Mercedes are taking 23 trucks with them everywhere. If they really wanted to save fuel they should stop that.”

Former triple World Champion Lauda, now the chairman of the Mercedes team, hit back at Ecclestone’s comments in the German newspaper Bild.

“I don’t understand what Bernie said,” the great Austrian started. “The decision to go with the new engines was taken jointly, by everybody, five years ago. To criticise now makes no sense.” (GMM)

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