Silverstone (UK) : F1 czar Bernie Ecclestone should “uncrap” the Formula One 1 with the help of all the teams that compete in it, Sahara Force India boss Vijay Mallya said.
Mallya’s comments came when his reaction was sought on recently reported Ecclestone’s remarks that he has a crap product to sell. Ecclestone was apparently referring to current hybrid turbo engines, introduced in 2014 season when much-loved V8 engine was replaced by V6.
He had said, “As you may or may not know I used to be a used-car dealer. I was good at my job and I’m still reasonably good at running things, but you [the engineers] have given me a shitty product to sell.”
Reacting to it, Mallya said, “How would I respond to the chief executive’s comment that he had a crappy product to sell? He shouldn’t be selling the product if he thought it was crap. Considering he sells the product he calls crap, but he makes billions (of pounds) out of it, he needs to work with the participants to un-crap it.”
“If it makes the sport more attractive, the racing more competitive, then I’m all for it.I’ve always held the opinion that there are more fundamental issues the Strategy Group should be focusing on, but having said that, every small step to make F1 more attractive is a welcome step.
“The most important thing for us is to sustain all the teams in F1. If that is addressed, as it should be, even the small teams can be very competitive. If Williams beat Ferrari, the racing will be really exciting.
“If all the teams are strong enough to be sustainable and can focus on producing a competitive car, rather than worrying about how to survive, that will be the best thing for F1.
“There are many ways to skin this cat. The prize at the end is sustainability. That will lead to more exciting competition.”