F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone has offered up an alternative means by which to make the sport 'greener' – reducing spectator capacity at grand prix circuits.
Much has been made in recent weeks and months about Ecclestone's collision course and well-documented disagreements with FIA President Jean Todt over F1's future direction. The Frenchman plans to introduce smaller, turbocharged engines from 2013 onwards – thereby continuing the drive begun by his predecessor Max Mosley to make the sport more environmentally viable.
Whilst rubbishing notions of a rift with Todt, Ecclestone has made no secret of his distaste for 'this small turbo four formula' since 'it's nothing in the world to do with F1' and indeed rather 'should be in saloon car racing', arguing that it will cost the sport fans [see separate story – click here
]. Instead, he reveals, he has another solution.
“First of all, I do not have any problems with Jean,” underlined the Formula One Management (FOM) chief executive, speaking to the official F1 website. “We have a very good relationship. I was the one who took him out of Peugeot and put him in Ferrari.
“I am not happy with the engines, though. Take a GP3 car – it is how an F1 car will sound in the future. People come to an F1 race for the sound and the speed. I think Jean is following what Max started, and I do not know why he started the whole idea about 'green' racing.
“If you think that there is more fuel used in the Tour de France, then we should start a different discussion. If you really want to reduce emissions, you could say to the promoters to reduce the capacity of their circuits by ten or 15 per cent. Fifteen per cent less people coming to a race would make a difference, and then you could do the same with football. That would make a difference.”