F1 » Bernie: New teams 'cripples' and 'an embarrassment'

Pulling no punches as ever, new octogenarian Bernie Ecclestone has slated this season's three newcomers as 'cripples' the sport could do without - and dismissed the notion of ever trying to float F1 on the stock market again

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November 01, 2010 2:46 PM

If they qualify within the old 107% rule, which they have all done since the first couple of races (even Yamamamamamamoto has I think) then the old dwarf can hardly be spiteful about them. After all his Brabham team when he managed them (72-87) failed to qualify on more occasions than the new teams this year.


November 01, 2010 2:54 PM

whereas i dont agree with his comment, it must be remembered that the "old 107%" rule applied when there were far bigger differences in speed. however, it is not just the speed (or lack of) that is the problem, it is the fact that some of the pay drivers, pay little attention to what is going on around them, and are causing a few problems. however, the top teams are supposed to have the best drivers, and it is their responsibility also, to navigate the backmarkers safely.
lotus seem to be the only team that has shown signs of progressing

AndyC - Unregistered

November 01, 2010 3:53 PM

The three new teams have brought interest with them with their own battles at the back of the field. It's their first season and have done a decent job adding to the field. I'm sure they'll all improve next year. There has been far worse teams join the grid over the years....


November 01, 2010 4:25 PM

Bernie doesn't seem to understand that F1's problems isn't to do with new teams etc, it's the fact that there is no racing and we are treated to a boring parade of overpaid playboy ponces driving playstation cars every 2 weeks - 'action' means a car breaking down or a slow pit stop. I hope he tuned into WSBK and Moto2 recently, it's just great to watch real men racing hard!


November 01, 2010 4:33 PM

While lotus has shown some improvement, Virgin and HRT are just back markers that get in the way.

IMHO Kurun goes to FI and outs inconsistent Luzzi, Bruno goes to Lotus to replace Tru. Timo goes to Renault, with Lucus and Petrov just gone, or they can from their own back marker team


November 01, 2010 4:34 PM

somehow he forgets, that it was F1 fault, Rules were finalised in September 2009 - so fairly enough time to build a deecent car, and with no testing allowed throughout the campain, there is almost no change to improve performace significally during the season.

Ok - with Richard B. Bernie may be right, he could invest more money - but still what should he have invested during the season? lets wait and see if the 3 newcomers are still around start 2011


Uncle Sam - Unregistered

November 01, 2010 4:37 PM

Bernie needs to take a marketing class, his repeated critical comments about the teams and venues only devalues the product he is selling. Bernie needs to realize that he alone is responsible for the health of the sport and that a shrinking field is not indicative of a healthy sport. By slagging off the new teams it only limits their growth and sponsorship opportunities. I would also think that any other prospective teams, that may think about joining would be less apt to, given the complete lack of series support. Bernie may have billions, but his IQ is equal to the "Lotto Lout".

Jonno - Unregistered

November 01, 2010 4:39 PM

Bernie knows F1 is an entertainment industry and there have been races where the new teams have been badly needed to improve the spectacle. Sounds like he's just on the wind up again

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