Ecclestone unconcerned about losing cash-strapped F1 teams

Ecclestone unconcerned about losing cash-strapped F1 teams

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Bernie Ecclestone says he is not afraid of losing further teams from Formula One, if they cannot afford to compete.

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Despite increased fears over the financial stability of a number of teams and with rumours that some owners are looking to sell up, the F1 supremo dismissed any concerns of shrinking grids, stating: “In fact, I would be happy. It’s like a poker game. You don’t know the other players,” Ecclestone told AUTOSPORT following the Austrian Grand Prix.

“They should not be in the game. You should not be in this business if you cannot afford it.”

Rather than the current financial state of the sport, Ecclestone instead said his concerns lie with the current spectacle of Formula One, criticising the lack of volume from the new V6 turbo power units as well as the current approach of the race stewards.

“We have too many rules that are not necessary,” he added, citing the example of the punishments handed out to drivers for abuse of the track limits at turn eighth of the Red Bull Ring circuit.

“When a driver crosses a white line he will be punished. That’s wrong.

“Drivers are racers and they want to go racing, so let them do so.”

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic

  • PIV

    I personally would love to see the V10’s back, one engine and gearbox per race, with minimal downforce, and 3 cars per team, or customer cars. It would put the field closer together and make it about racing, not conservation. Maybe even metal brakes, so that braking is an art form again.