Lauda: Ecclestone criticism makes no sense
3 February 2014 – Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has said Bernie Ecclestone’s criticism last week of the new V6 turbo-charged engines was misjudged and pointless.
“I do not understand Bernie,” Lauda told German newspaper, Bild. “The decision on the new engines was taken jointly by all five years ago.
“The criticism now makes no sense.”
Ecclestone was as usual pretty vocal, and remarked that 'the whole thing with the new engines is totally absurd' - although it should be noted he was never in favour of the switch from the V8s to the greener V6 power-plants.
“Look at the last few days. 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,” Ecclestone said in an interview with Sportsmail.
“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," he added.
"People want noise – something special, that’s what F1 is all about – and now we have quiet engines and nobody on the track.”