Ecclestone: New F1 unacceptable for fans
6 April 2014 – Bernie Ecclestone has described the current state of racing in Formula 1 as "unacceptable" for spectators, arguing that significant modifications are required to improve the sport's show at future events.
The sound of the new turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 power units and the performance-restricting effect of the fuel flow limit have dominated the headlines in recent weeks, with a selection of race promoters expressing their concerns to Formula 1 supremo Ecclestone in the wake of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
And ahead of meetings with key players in Bahrain, Ecclestone has reiterated his desire for change.
"I think we have to," Ecclestone explained to reporters in the Sakhir paddock. "I don't think the way things are at the moment are acceptable to the public. People buying tickets expect to see what Formula 1 used to be.
"What's wrong is these fantastic engines. The engines are incredible, given the amount of power they produce for the small amount of fuel. But I don't think it is F1 business. They should do it in touring cars or something."
Ecclestone remains confident that engineers can tweak the sound of the new engines and has suggested that the overall fuel flow limit of 100kg should be increased to allow drivers to push harder during races.
"If they need another 10kg of fuel or something like that, then I think everyone will agree," he explained.
Ecclestone also made clear that changes would not be targeted at slowing down pace-setters Mercedes.
"We can do these things without it particularly doing that," he said. "Mercedes have done a better job. And they should not be punished for doing a good job – we should not change the regulations to punish them.
"I think everybody is complaining really – even Mercedes. They don't like people not being happy."