Weber: Ecclestone too old, drivers wimps

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."

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Tuesday 25 November 2014

  2. Leal remains with Carlin for 2015 18:36

    Leal remains with Carlin for 2015

    Carlin has confirmed that Colombian racer Julián Leal will remain with the team for the 2015 GP2 Season. Leal, 24, has...

    GP2
  3. 17:28

    F1 photos: Abu Dhabi testing - Day 1

    F1
  4. Honda says rivals faced same early issues 17:27

    Honda says rivals faced same early issues

    Honda says the teething problems it is facing at this week's Abu Dhabi test are no different to those endured by rival...

    F1
  5. GP2 champion Palmer eyes Force India role 16:11

    GP2 champion Palmer eyes Force India role

    GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer says he would like to occupy a role in Formula 1 with Force India, after testing for the team in...

    F1
  6. 14:23

    Post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test: Day 1 results

    F1
  7. Bottas tops first day of Abu Dhabi test 14:22

    Bottas tops first day of Abu Dhabi test

    Williams driver Valtteri Bottas set the standard on the opening day of the post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test at the Yas Marina...

    F1
  8. McLaren-Honda targets immediate success 12:52

    McLaren-Honda targets immediate success

    McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier says the team will be targeting success from the very first race of its new engine...

    F1
  9. Lynn to make F1 test debut with Lotus 12:08

    Lynn to make F1 test debut with Lotus

    GP3 champion Alex Lynn is set to make his Formula 1 test debut with Lotus on the second day of this week's post-season...

    F1
  10. Winners and Losers at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 12:06

    Winners and Losers at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix rounded out the 2014 Formula 1 Season and Lewis Hamilton's 11th victory of the campaign secured him...

    F1
  11. Video: New era for McLaren-Honda 09:24

    Video: New era for McLaren-Honda

    The McLaren-Honda partnership returns to life in 2015, with the two giants of motorsport hoping to emulate the success they...

    F1
  12. Hamilton to keep 44 as car number 08:47

    Hamilton to keep 44 as car number

    Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he will retain #44 as his car number next season, despite earning the right to compete with...

    F1
  13. Hamilton on Sports Personality shortlist 07:53

    Hamilton on Sports Personality shortlist

    Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has been named on the 10-person shortlist for this year's BBC Sports Personality of...

    F1
  14. Video: Button on 15 years in Formula 1 07:48

    Video: Button on 15 years in Formula 1

    Amid ongoing uncertainty over his future, Jenson Button looks back at 15 years in Formula 1.

    F1
  15. Lewis Hamilton's path to the 2014 title 06:57

    Lewis Hamilton's path to the 2014 title

    Lewis Hamilton clinched his second world title with victory in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, becoming the 16th driver in...

    F1
  16. Video of the Day: Putrajaya ePrix highlights 05:04

    Video of the Day: Putrajaya ePrix highlights

    Enjoy highlights of the second Formula E race in Malaysia, won by Virgin Racing's Sam Bird.

    Formula E
  17. Monday 24 November 2014

  18. Post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test: The line-up 21:09

    Post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test: The line-up

    Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit plays host to final test of the year this week. Ahead of the two-day gathering, GPUpdate.net...

    F1
  19. Glimpse of the future at Abu Dhabi test 21:01

    Glimpse of the future at Abu Dhabi test

    Less than 48 hours after the conclusion of the 2014 season, Formula 1 teams will be back in action to push ahead with...

    F1
  20. Lauda: Rosberg will fight back next year 17:28

    Lauda: Rosberg will fight back next year

    Niki Lauda reckons Nico Rosberg will "fight back" next season after being beaten to the 2014 title by Mercedes team-mate...

    F1
  21. Dennis: Right person won championship 16:05

    Dennis: Right person won championship

    McLaren boss Ron Dennis believes the "right person" won the 2014 championship after his former driver Lewis Hamilton...

    F1
  22. Grosjean glad 2014 season is over 15:22

    Grosjean glad 2014 season is over

    Romain Grosjean says he is glad to see the back of the 2014 season after another challenging weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand...

    F1
  23. Video: Rosberg reflects on Abu Dhabi anguish 14:35

    Video: Rosberg reflects on Abu Dhabi anguish

    Nico Rosberg looks back at a heartbreaking Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he missed out on the 2014 title.

    F1
  24. Hülkenberg: Abu Dhabi a good sign for 2015 13:57

    Hülkenberg: Abu Dhabi a good sign for 2015

    Nico Hülkenberg believes his performance in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a "good sign" for next year. The Force India...

    F1
  25. Arrivabene replaces Mattiacci as Ferrari boss 12:18

    Arrivabene replaces Mattiacci as Ferrari boss

    Maurizio Arrivabene has been named as the new Team Principal of Ferrari's Formula 1 outfit, replacing Marco Mattiacci, who...

    F1
  26. Formula 1 world salutes Hamilton 12:10

    Formula 1 world salutes Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton became a double Formula 1 World Champion after his victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. GPUpdate.net has...

    F1
  27. Caterham to field Stevens at Abu Dhabi test 11:01

    Caterham to field Stevens at Abu Dhabi test

    Caterham has confirmed that it will take part in this week's post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test at the Yas Marina Circuit with...

    F1
  28. Hamilton: This means more than first title 10:23

    Hamilton: This means more than first title

    Lewis Hamilton says the feeling he got after securing his second Formula 1 title in Abu Dhabi means more to him than it did...

    F1
  29. Marciello to make F1 test debut with Ferrari 09:35

    Marciello to make F1 test debut with Ferrari

    Raffaele Marciello will make his Formula 1 test debut with Ferrari during this week's post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test at the...

    F1
  30. Wolff says Mercedes let Rosberg down 08:35

    Wolff says Mercedes let Rosberg down

    Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff feels the team let Nico Rosberg down in Abu Dhabi after technical issues blighted his...

    F1
  31. Video of the Day: Coulthard drives FW36 05:08

    Video of the Day: Coulthard drives FW36

    Ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard gets a shock when he trials the 2014 Williams contender at Silverstone.

    F1
  32. Sunday 23 November 2014

  33. 17:54

    Latest F1 photos: Sunday in Abu Dhabi

    F1
  34. Alonso to confirm future plans 'very soon' 17:52

    Alonso to confirm future plans 'very soon'

    Fernando Alonso says he will be able to announce his future plans "very soon", after completing his final race with...

    F1
  35. Stevens pleased to finish debut race 17:26

    Stevens pleased to finish debut race

    Caterham's Will Stevens says he was pleased to achieve his target of finishing his debut Formula 1 race at the Abu Dhabi...

    F1
  36. Vettel: It's been an incredible journey 16:56

    Vettel: It's been an incredible journey

    Sebastian Vettel was left to rue a disappointing end to "an incredible journey" with Red Bull at the Abu Dhabi Grand...

    F1
  37. I haven't finished yet, says Button 16:29

    I haven't finished yet, says Button

    Jenson Button says he did all he could during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to prove that he deserves to remain at McLaren in...

    F1
  38. Massa says 2014 'just the beginning' 15:58

    Massa says 2014 'just the beginning'

    Felipe Massa says the 2014 season is "just the beginning" of a more competitive period for the Williams team. Massa...

    F1
  39. Rosberg: Hamilton deserved to win title 15:37

    Rosberg: Hamilton deserved to win title

    Nico Rosberg says Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton deserved to beat him to the 2014 world title. Hamilton usurped...

    F1
  40. Hamilton hails 'best start' of F1 career 15:21

    Hamilton hails 'best start' of F1 career

    Lewis Hamilton described the start he made at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as "probably the best" of his Formula 1...

    F1
  41. 15:09

    In full: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race result

    F1
  42. Hamilton secures title with Abu Dhabi win 14:49

    Hamilton secures title with Abu Dhabi win

    Lewis Hamilton secured the 2014 Formula 1 title with victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, leading home Williams duo Felipe...

    F1
  43. 12:38

    Follow the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live!

    F1
more news