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Ecclestone: Rules can't be changed during the season

F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone responds to calls for an immediate remedy to address the general boredom that characterised the 2010 curtain-raising Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir at the weekend - telling teams that having made their bed in agreeing to the new refuelling ban and associated regulations, now they must lie in it
F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone has dashed hopes that a swift rule change might help to re-inject an element of excitement and exhilaration into the racing in the top flight after the curtain-raising 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir was panned as 'boring' and an anti-climax to a winter of fevered anticipation – by revealing that the unpopular regulations being blamed for the monotony are set in stone.

The ban on refuelling has been pinpointed as the root cause of the almost complete lack of overtaking that blighted the race in the baking heat of the desert sun at the weekend, with the onus having now shifted from on-track aggression to tyre management and fuel conservation, depriving fans of any real thrill factor and turning the afternoon into a bland, lifeless procession.

That has led to calls for immediate amendments to be made to the rules – with the most popular proposal that of making two pit-stops compulsory per grand prix, thereby encouraging drivers to push harder and take more risks, in the knowledge that they will be able to dispense of their worn rubber rather sooner [see separate story – click here].

However, Formula One Management (FOM) chief executive Ecclestone is adamant that having made their bed in agreeing to the new regulations, the teams must henceforth lie in it – explaining that the re-introduction of refuelling is not an option due to the radically different designs of 2010 cars to accommodate the much larger fuel tanks, and arguing that in any case it is now too late to do anything about the current situation, one that he insists is not a 'crisis' [see separate story – click here].

“Some might wonder why the teams have options on tyres at all,” the British billionaire told the Daily Telegraph. “Maybe if we only gave them a soft compound they would have to stop twice, but I am not sure that they will vote unanimously for the mandatory two-stop race which Red Bull proposed.”

“We cannot change the rules,” the 79-year-old added, speaking to German publication Bild Zeitung. “It would take far too long and it's too difficult – F1 is now a democracy. All the teams voted for these rules, so now they must also deal with them.”



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FooAtari - Unregistered

March 17, 2010 5:13 PM

I really do think Bernie has lost all touch with reality "However, Formula One Management (FOM) chief executive Ecclestone is adamant that having made their bed in agreeing to the new regulations, the teams must henceforth lie in it" The team are NOT who matter most Bernie, it's the fans, the people that pay tickets for your races, buy merchandis and ensure lots of sponsorship money If you loose that the teams being unhappy is the least off your problems. Bernie seems to think F1 is some closed door benefit for him and the teams. When is going to remember who the most important people are? The customers, fans. Thats who keeps the money rolling in. If the race is boring the fans turn o

hello moto - Unregistered

March 17, 2010 5:31 PM

Pathetic and vindictive. The FIA and FOM lose a battle to FOTA. FOTA writes some bad rules and then Bernie tells them they must lie in their own bed? Bernie is supposed to be a leader (in theory), but he's only conspicuously blaming FOTA for the terrible race at Bahrain. How is blaming FOTA going to help the situation other than to exonerate Max and himself? Bernie, you're not going to be around that much longer. You should do something good for the sport instead of trying to make yourself look relatively less evil.



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