Lauda: Ecclestone outburst on new F1 makes no sense 3 February, 2014 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) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsLauda: Nico will fight backLauda: We’ve done everything to ensure a level playing fieldLauda denies Hamilton interest in Ferrari driveHorner claims Renault is 75 bhp down on MercedesWolff: F1 cannot afford an all out engine warWolff: One is going to win and one is going to loseHamilton: Ayrton Senna will always be my main manMercedes: We cannot sit back, it can still go wrongProst doubts Renault will catch Mercedes next seasonMercedes celebrate with all staff at Brackley HQ McLarenfan Bernie has been saying forever that he isn’t keen on the new “Power units”. He and LDM said they didn’t like the sound and both hate the idea of the V6. Now the V6 with the microwave and toaster bolted together are not going to everyone’s plan he is only stating his previous mumbling s.