Ecclestone: Brawn good for FIA

Bernie and Chase Carey

Bernie talks about a rumor related with Ross Brawn and his involvement in Liberty Media as CEO. He said such unconfirmed reports are not true. Many believes there is already an agreement to allow Brawn to come-back in F1 working together with Liberty Media. In reality, this is not true because he was contacted to become just an advisor. Ross Brawn is not happy about this opportunity, he wants a more important role: one capable to change and improve the Formula 1. 

In the meantime, that role is under control of Bernie Ecclestone who confirms he will remain the only controller of any economical agreement like a Domus Maximum. This is a message given to Liberty Media too. In fact, the American corporation must pay another big amount of money before to become the owner of F1 business:

“Liberty Media is not in a position to decide what is right or wrong. Chase Carey covered the role of Peter Brabeck as President but they do not control this business yet.  They have, so far, just 10% of the entire stocks, so I am still the main CEO. If Liberty will take control, they will then be in a position to take decisions” 

Another point Ecclestone loved to make clear is where Ross Brawn might go if called. When someone wants to manage the rules capable to affect Formula 1, it would be necessary to check firmly that decision process system: advisors, strategy group and FIA. Ecclestone believes Brawn would be the perfect candidate to cover a role in FIA instead to be in Liberty Media. He could improve the F1 while being a point of junction between Federation and the teams: 

“I would be really happy if he will cover a role in FIA. I would be the right person in the Federation. We do not talk each other from a long-time, so I do not have a clue what he would like to do. We do not need an engineer in Liberty Media or anybody else with his qualifications. I do not have any problem to deal with Chase Carey but if he would like to decide to hire him, he has to ask my opinion… Until now, he can not do something else” 

 

This F1 is more boring than chess

 

This tyres with high degeneration is one of the worst thing we could actually experience in a F1 GP.

Do you allow me to be frank? I agree with Michael Schumacher and what he was saying about this F1. I would like to take one step forward. All this philosophical discussion about the tyres and its level of degradation with a Universe of blends, it is actually going in the wrong way in my opinion from the very beginning…

Why? Because this is the reason Formula 1 was changed into a boring, complicated and flabby show like a chess game played underwater by two scuba divers. I personally believe this kind of show is obscene and of no real value for his fans.

If you think about it, from the very beginning of this Motorsport anything is quite simple: you get a certain car, you have to push to its limit and find it, being faster than anybody else in a certain amount of time.

Period.

No, not at all! On the contrary, from 2011 FIA decided to change this simple idea, forcing a F1 car to use a kind of tyres where degeneration is really high. In this way, uncertainity is over the top with the intention to push overtaking and create a show at each race. Pirelli has no responsibility about this madness, they simply perform their duty in the best possible way and with not too many test where they can really understand what those tyres can or can not do. It is in the main room where they are a bit drunk. Each race became a more and more complicated game of misterious, esoteric, tactical game, where the show is never really seen but a chaos is faced every week-end. It is really difficult to watch two F1 cars competing under the same conditions, because each team does the race with their own classified strategies.

This situation is even worse than those period of times where there was the chance to perform a refeuling during a pit-stop. It is like to watch 22 cars which they are there just to race against themself and the clock. Sometimes, by accident, they battle each other and many times this is caused by two different type of tyres on board, therefore this difference in performance allow someone to have an advantage. There is not a real competition…

Do you call this a show? Are we kidding?

What they are creating, it is an artificial competition among different cars with different tyres just because  one selected a soft tyres and another a hard ones. Nothing else.

Even more, when they are at the end of a race there is a start of a long line due to the need to save fuel, energy, engines, gear box and anything else like if there was a war and it would be necessary to save materials. Sometimes, it looks like this is a competition among Scottish men taking the piss out of us. Meanwhile, Team principals travel by helicopters, team’s owners have yatchs and the smallest paddock is more expensive than a city hospital. Here we are, this is the hypocrisy while after five years we are going from bad to worse. Anybody accept this with a servile obedience like if this was the best possible F1.

Mutatis mutandis, it is like if in NFL we would force one team to wear high-heeled shoes and the other team a sport shoes but after a while they swap the shoes. At the same time, quaterbacks would wear a pair of oven gloves to launch the ball so we would watch a nice show and a thrilling match. Hip-hip, hurrá.

If someone was going to try something like that, NFL’s supporters were going to take federation’s managers and hold them upside down. In F1 nobody is hold accountable while they destroy this Motorsport.

We accept anything! We put up with anything! Always!

In fact, to enjoy a race we memorize who is using a red kind of tyres, who selected the yellow ones or who is taking a risky decision to select the white label: feeling guilty if we think this is not exciting at all but just a sick, stupid methodology to race. It would be common sense to race using just three kind of tyres: slick during a dry race, intermediate with a bit of rain and fully-wet when it is raining cats and dogs.

This Motorsport must gave more value to driving skills and not to tyres selection process…

The winner should be the pilot with a better mind, foot and hands while those going to box are those with technical problems instead to break balls to those in the box by forcing them to perform a fake pit-stop like a 70 $ bill. At the same time, you would stop to piss us: youfans!

We would not be upset if we see a real race and not a calculation of the appropriate tyres sequence. 

 

  

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