Ecclestone: Fuel rules 'a bit of a joke'
19 March 2014 – Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has hit out at the new fuel economy rules and has said the whole notion is contrary to what the sport should be about.
“The whole regulation, to me, seems a bit of a joke,” Ecclestone told British newspaper, The Mirror, after Daniel Ricciardo was stripped of his Australian GP second place finish on Sunday for a fuel flow rate violation. “We are not running for endurance. If something is controlling the amount of fuel you are using during a race, there is no need to say how much fuel you can have at the start.
"If you use too much you are going to run out of fuel. It seems to be that simple and if it isn’t, it should be.”
Ecclestone also reiterated his dislike for the new turbo-charged V6 engines and said again that there was no need to ditch the V8s: “The right way to go about it is not to have this engine in the first place,” he continued. “It’s the non-endurance championship - there is something called Le Mans for that.
“We are in the entertainment business. Many of the public haven’t got the slightest idea about the engines. If you went into a grandstand last year and asked how many cylinders the cars have, how many people would have known? They don’t know and don’t care.
"They want to see a race, not a technical achievement. The public liked the engine we had last year. There was no need to change.”