Bernie Ecclestone has said that the only way to stop Mercedes from dominating is to get rid of the hybrid engines.
Mercedes have utterly dominated the hybrid era of Formula 1 so far, thanks not only to the brilliant car but also their engine, which is still comfortably the best on the grid even after three years. Although the 2017 regulations could shake up the order Bernie (who has always hated the hybrid engines) doesn’t see anyone beating Mercedes unless the 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrids are scrapped.
Speaking to Sport Bild, Bernie said: “Red Bull believe they can beat Mercedes with better aerodynamics, however, I’m not so sure about that. Mercedes’ advantage on the engine side still is large. Because of this we have to introduce new engine rules as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter [what]. The important thing is to rule out the hybrid engines.”
Sounds good Bernie, get rid of the type of engines that pretty much the whole motoring world is currently embracing. That’ll stop Mercedes…because then they’ll probably leave.
He continued: “Jean Todt thinks they are the spirit of our times, and this may be true for normal road cars. But in F1, people want to see something special. They want to have noisy, powerful engines that can be managed only by the best drivers in the world.”
Ok, that may be true. Fans certainly haven’t warmed to the noise of these engines but they’re definitely plenty powerful enough. Maybe Bernie’s been talking to Alex Wurz.
It’s all fairly standard Bernie so far – moaning about the sport he’s meant to be making look good – the only thing missing so far is some kind of sensational comment.
Oh no, wait, here it is! When making the point about how F1 shouldn’t necessarily echo the real world, he said “You don’t put orthopaedic shoes onto your pro football players, do you, just because these kinds of shoes are popular in everyday life?”
I could be mistaken, but I’m fairly sure that orthopaedic shoes aren’t ‘popular’ in every day life. I’m also not a football fan, but if they had to wear orthopaedic shoes I might be inclined to watch a game or two.
Weird view of the world aside, Bernie also commented on how there are too many rules and regulations and they need to be changed. He feels they are too complicated and put the fans off from watching.
“The rules must be changed: all of them. They are too complicated. We are in the entertainment business. But how are we supposed to entertain people when the audience doesn’t understand a thing any more? Even the drivers don’t know anymore what they can and cannot do on track. Sometimes I think the rule book just says: ‘Don’t race!’ But let them touch from time to time, so what? Let the drivers handle it themselves.”
On that front Mr. Ecclestone, you might have a point.