Weber: Ecclestone too old, drivers wimps
7 August 2014 – Willi Weber, the former manager of seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, has hit out at the state of the sport, criticising those at the helm and describing the current crop of drivers as "wimps".
Weber, who also managed Nico Hülkenberg until 2011, reckons Bernie Ecclestone is "too old" to ensure that Formula 1 attracts the next generation of fans and feels FIA President Jean Todt is not strong enough.
"There are many reasons for the decline of the Formula 1," began Weber, talking to Germany's Bild.
"Firstly, the fish rots at the head. Bernie Ecclestone is far too old to embrace the age of new media while FIA President Jean Todt lacks the power to enforce. These two men only think of their own interests."
Weber explained that his main issue with drivers is the increasing number of team radio complaints.
At the Hungarian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg – who denied making the initial request – repeatedly asked over the radio why Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was not moving aside, whilst two rounds earlier at Silverstone, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso's battle was overshadowed by complaints about driving standards.
"Who wants to see today's wimps crying on the radio? There are no more characters like Ayrton Senna, Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher," he said. "They would not complain but give their answer on track."