Bernie Ecclestone blames former FIA president Max Mosley for the difficulties faced by the three new teams in 2010.
In the foreword to “The Official Formula 1 Season Review 2010” Ecclestone said:
As for the new teams, their problems weren’t their fault in all fairness. It was really Max Mosley’s fault, telling them they could come in and be contenders for ?é?ú30 million.
But they’re here now and, provided they don’t walk around with begging bowls, it’s good to have them.
The words are in marked contrast to his remarks on them earlier this month when he said: “They do nothing for us, they are an embarrassment. We need to get rid of a few of those cripples.”
He also added words of praise for Mosley’s successor Jean Todt:
Jean Todt is a completely different animal to Max. I had dinner with him the other night and we were talking about it: he’s visited 51 countries this year, so he’s been on a the road a bit.
In fairness, he’s left F1 to get on with it, which is good.
Ecclestone is currently recovering following a mugging in London last week.
“The Official Formula 1 Season Review 2010” is published by Haynes. See the F1 Fanatic gifts guide 2010 for more information.
The new teams
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- Ferrari are wrong to oppose new teams
- McLaren supportive of new teams
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