Formula One Supremo Bernie Ecclestone has criticized his own sport and pointed the finger firmly at the door of FIA President Jean Todt and the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team. Speaking about Todt, Ecclestone who runs the commercial side of Formula One told the Daily Mail that the Frenchman (the former team principal at Ferrari) is more interested in road safety than F1 and that he should appoint someone from the FIA to oversee Formula One.
Ecclestone has also pointed the finger firmly at Mercedes and Ferrari for putting Formula One in as he describes in the worst state it has been. The two manufacturers supply eight of the 11 teams and speaking to the Daily Mail, Ecclestone explained:
This sort of thing is what is commonly known as a cartel, And cartels are illegal. We are running something that is illegal. On top of all that it is anti-competitive.
Ecclestone also went on to criticize the dominance of Mercedes saying that he would not spend the money to bring his family to Grand Prix if he already knows who is going to win. This is ironic when you consider the price of attending Grand Prix is so high that it has in fact driven many fans of the sport away from attending Grand Prix particularly as the race weekend is seen for many as not value for money due to the restricted access to the sport for fans.
Take the Verizon IndyCar Series in the US as an example. If a fan was to spend $150 on a weekend race ticket for an event that could also include a paddock pass which would allow the fan access to the garages and to the teams as the sport is more about fan engagement and interaction not just on social media but at the track too.
When it comes to the planned regulations for 2017, Ecclestone believes that the deadline of March 1 will pass without a unanimous agreement but he is hopeful of at least getting one regulation approved for next season before this years opening race in Australia and that is reverse grids.