Former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has accused the new owners of ignoring his input as the run the business as they deem fit.
The 86-year old claimed the new owners did not like how he ran things and that they were ready to make changes.
The Liberty Media took over the sport early this year, ousting the former Chief Executive.
Ecclestone returned to a F1 paddock for the first time since the takeover as he appeared at the Bahrain event. He was kept on by the new owners for consultation when necessary but Ecclestone is saying it was for optics as he barely sees anything going on.
“What people don’t understand is I’m still in the company. Everything’s the same. I’ve been upgraded from chief executive to a much higher position. It’s so high, I can’t even see what’s going on,” he said. (more…)
The new F1 grid has come up with tougher qualifying rules for young drivers. The young turks aspiring to take part in F1 should be minimum 18 years that completely rules the possibilities for legendary names like Sebastian Vettel, Ayrton Senna, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button- had the rule been introduced during their initial year at Formula One
According to the new norm, the young drivers would need super license to race at F1 which is dependent on fixed set of points to be earned from racing at the junior competitions in a 3-year period.
The drivers have to cover minimum 300 kilometers in a Formula One car & hold a legal driving license. The 17 year old Max Verstappen, who would be having his Formula One debut in 2015 would stand ineligible in case the rules get enforced immediately. (more…)