Jean Todt tells Bernie Ecclestone to stop criticising F1 in public

FIA president Jean Todt has urged Bernie Ecclestone to cut his public criticism of various aspects of Formula 1

Jean Todt tells Bernie Ecclestone to stop criticising F1 in public

Commercial rights holder Ecclestone has never been one to conceal his views, in particular with regard to F1's 1.6-litre V6 power units - which he recently described as "a shitty product".

Todt feels if Ecclestone has any complaints then they should be aired in private so the FIA could try to work with him on solutions.

Asked about Ecclestone's promotion of F1, Todt said: "It's a sensitive question because - and I am deeply sincere about this - Bernie has been doing an outstanding job.

"If you take what was Formula 1 50 years ago, and if you see Formula 1 now I admire it.

"I complain about the paddock, but I think about one side of the paddock and the other side, the way it is structured, it is so professional, so well done.

"All that has been done on promoting Formula 1 is absolutely admirable. For me, for 30 years, I love arriving on a Sunday arriving, but maybe the timing [of the race] is not the best.

"Maybe we should decide that rather than the race at 1pm or 2pm in Europe during the summer, if you ask my opinion, I would prefer to have it at 6pm in the evening.

"That way people can then go to the beach, arrive home and see it.

"Sometimes you have a good race, sometimes you don't have a good one and that is the expectation, and he has created that.

"All the credit and money he has got, he deserves it, but I would hope he will be more positive about the product [in the future].

"If he has some complaints, which may be right, it's something we should address internally and not make it public."

TODT 'WON'T CHANGE' ECCLESTONE

Although the roles of Todt and Ecclestone are very different, that has never stopped the latter from interfering in the jurisdiction of the former.

Todt can appreciate that so long as Ecclestone's approach is positive

"I know Bernie very well," he said.

"I know he may tell you I am his best friend, then five minutes later to somebody else I am the worst idiot he has met in his life. I live with that.

"The only thing is I will not get into that, because does it give something to the sport? Does it make something? It just creates some unnecessary gossip.

"Bernie, I don't have any problems with him getting more involved as he has to if it is bringing something on board.

"If it is not constructive, you should not do it.

"But it is his style. Do I intend to change him? I don't intend to change him."

shares
comments
Force India now aiming to beat Red Bull to fourth in F1 standings

Previous article

Force India now aiming to beat Red Bull to fourth in F1 standings

Next article

Maria de Villota's 2012 Marussia F1 test crash details explained

Maria de Villota's 2012 Marussia F1 test crash details explained
Load comments
The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Plus

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Plus

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021