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GP Week : Issue 223
F1 >>> news F1 >>> news Bernie ecclestone was beating a hasty retreat after calling Formula 1 “a crap product to sell.” The quote was made in an interview with AFP, in which he reportedly said: “I was talking to some engineers the other day and I told them that I was always pretty good at selling used cars, and I still am, but I told them they have given me a crap product to sell.” However the F1 supremo attempted to deny he ever made the statements when asked about them in Austria. “I don’t know who said that,” he claimed. “Bad quote. “The product at the moment is a bit top heavy with one team winning a lot of races, probably too easy,” he continued. “So when Ferrari are getting their act together we’ve seen a big improvement and exactly the same thing happens with McLaren. “There’s always people complaining about something,” the 83-year-old added. “The winners never complain. The losers complain. All I’ve ever said is that it’s a pity that one team is at the moment dominating the sport.” Many of the sports problems were summed up following qualifying when both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were handed 25 place grid penalties, despite there being only 20 cars on the grid. “We need to have a very, very good look at all our sporting regulations,” Ecclestone admitted. “Don’t go over the white line, don’t do this, don’t do that. It’s not what the public understand. They don’t understand and when they don’t understand they don’t care, basically.” 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news C M Y CM MY CY CMY K GP Week May FA Path HR.pdf 1 13/5/15 14:09 bernie doesn't talk crap