Jos Verstappen - a known wet-weather specialist - has slammed Ecclestone's proposal for 'fake' rain in Grands Prix Former F1 driver Jos Verstappen has launched a withering attack on Bernie Ecclestone’s proposal to install sprinklers at major circuits in order for random instances of artificial rain periods to be a factor in most Grands Prix.

The F1 mogul’s proposal has been received with mixed reviews – mostly negative, it must be said – and Verstappen is certainly part of this camp, despite enjoying a reputation as a wet-weather specialist in his F1 career, which spanned from 1994 to 2003.

The Dutchman, writing in his regular column in De Telegraaf newspaper, described Ecclestone’s proposal as “completely ridiculous”.

“You have to let nature take its course and you don’t want to be influencing it. In my opinion it’s simple: if it rains, it rains, and when it’s dry, it’s dry,” he wrote.

“Personally I could always cope well in the rain, but I always hoped for dry weather. No driver is ever hoping for rain. Everyone just wants to race as hard as possible and as fast as possible, so I’m expecting little support to come of this idea.”

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.