F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has launched an appallingly-worded tirade against the three rookie F1 teams, likening them to “cripples” and describing their lack of competitiveness as “an embarrassment” to the sport.
The 80-year-old’s outburst comes despite him being the central figure who attempted to increase the grid size and through offering considerable financial incentives to the three outfits – namely Lotus, Virgin Racing and Hispania Racing – for joining the grid this year.
But Bernie told the Financial Times that the three outfits – which haven’t graced the championship points scoreboard this season – have no added value to F1 due to their lack of competitiveness.
“They do nothing for us, they are an embarrassment,” he raved. “We need to get rid of a few of those cripples.”
In his defence, however, Ecclestone did clarify that Lotus was probably best positioned of the three to improve its form beyond the end of its debut season in the sport.
Perhaps Ecclestone was using this article as a megaphone piece to attract greater investment into the three outfits?
One thing that was clear coming out of this interview is that he would like to see Sir Richard Branson invest more seriously into the Virgin Racing outfit he has helped finance.
“Richard should put some money in there shouldn’t he? He could do what [Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz] has done and put some money in,” he added.
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