Is Bernie losing the plot? He now hails the new Formula 1 turbo era… 5 February, 2014 Depending on the forum, Bernie Ecclestone has contradictory views about Formula 1’s new V6-powered era – after capturing headlines with his total disdain for the new turbo era, he has now done an about face and hailed the new technology. Speaking to the specialist press at the pre-season test, the Formula 1 Chief Executive slammed the revolutionary new rules, milder engine tones and widespread technical failures at Jerez test as “a total farce”. “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.” “Look at the last few days [here in Jerez]. I said it was going to be like this – a total farce. They insisted on these new engines. If they wanted to race like this they should go to Le Mans,” he declared angrily. But in a vastly different forum, Ecclestone also has a vastly different opinion. In an official report revealing a fall in Formula 1’s global television audience last year, he hailed the incoming new era. “It is timely developments like these that keep Formula 1 at the forefront of sustainable and relevant technology,” the report quoted Ecclestone. “One thing I am sure of is that this coming season will not only offer a heightened level of unpredictability but renewed excitement and fierce competition,” he added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN.