F1 »

Jerez F1 test: Ecclestone hits out at 'total farce'

Bernie Ecclestone says the situation seen in testing this week in Spain is a 'total farce' and that the 'whole thing with the new engines is absurd'
Commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has hit out at the new regulations in place in Formula One for creating a 'total farce' during testing in Spain this week.

In the first week of on-track action for the latest generation of cars, which feature new 1.6-litre engines complete with energy recovery systems, a number of teams have been hit by problems that have restricted their running.

Most notably, defending champions Red Bull packed up and headed home having completed just 21 laps with the new RB10.

Although not present at Jerez, Ecclestone has been keeping a close eye on proceedings and the 83-year-old said what had happened in Spain was a 'farce' and that the new engines introduced for 2014 were 'absurd'.

“Look at the last few days,” he told the Daily Mail. “I said it was going to be like this – a total farce. They [the FIA and the teams] insisted on these new engines. If they wanted to race like this they should go to Le Mans.

“They talk about saving fuel. They don't need these new engines to achieve that. They should get smaller motorhomes. Then they wouldn't need so many trucks going all round Europe. Mercedes are taking 23 trucks with them everywhere. If they really wanted to save fuel they should stop that.

“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.”

Ecclestone did concede however that the new regulations seemed set to spice up proceedings during the year ahead.

“The good thing is that the season could be extremely interesting,” he said. “It could be really unpredictable, and that is the exciting thing.”




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
21.11.2013- Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
21.11.2013- Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
14.11.2013- Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management  and his wife Fabiana Flosi (BRA), Wife of Bernie Ecclestone
Sebastian Vettel drives the Russian Grand Prix circuit in Sochi - Pic credit: Infiniti
Sebatian Vettel and David Coulthard at the Russian Grand Prix circuit in Sochi - Pic credit: Infiniti
Sebastian Vettel drives the Russian Grand Prix circuit in Sochi for the first time - Pic credit: Infiniti
24.08.2014- Race, Start of the race
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014- Race, Andre Lotterer (GER), Caterham F1 Team
24.08.2014- Race, Peter Sauber (SUI), Sauber F1 Team motorhome
24.08.2014- Race, Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
24.08.2014- Race, Celebration, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 race winner
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014- Race, Celebration, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 race winner
24.08.2014- Race, Press conference, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014- Race, Chequered flag for Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 race winner
24.08.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.