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.”