Ecclestone, Mosely in candid interview; tear the rulebook up!

Photos courtesy of ‘Zoom Auction/Patrik Lundin
Photos courtesy of ‘Zoom Auction/Patrik Lundin’ Max Mosley (left)

Former FIA president, Max Mosley, and Formula One Management (FOM) boss Bernie Ecclestone joined Germany’s ZDF (hat tip Motorsport for the story) in a very frank and critical interview on the sport and its current woes.

Interview link here:

ZDF Interview

Mosley and Ecclestone believe its time to tear the rulebook up and re-write the regulations. Ecclestone also believes that even the rule changes being discussed for 2017 are not enough, the series needs a complete re-write.

While teams would be very much against this notion, Mosely insists that the series cannot move to far toward an engineer’s championship and therefore the rules must state that no driver aids are allowed to the point of even bringing gear changes back.

For Mosley, the top teams are spending too much money and ultimately the costs end up coming up from the public. He insists that if the teams were to spend $14 million instead of $400 million, you wouldn’t notice any difference.

It is an incredibly candid interview and I highly recommend you go watch it. It explain the original intent of Mosley’s format change as well as what has happened with the original concept when placed in the hands of the teams.

The duo even speak about Jean Todt and his reluctance to make sweeping changes for fear of upsetting some people in the sport.

the intriguing elements are the initial intent, for me anyway, in that they could have simply created an engine format that restricted the flow of fuel and this would have forced engineers to look at how their V8’s operated and how best to engineer the solution. Instead, we got hybrid engines that have supplanted the missing power form the reduced fuel-flow rate and that’s created a massive cost chasm in F1.

Give it a watch and let us know what you think about the full interview. Could Mosley’s concept work? I just read the portion of his biography which discusses this at length about what determines a driver aid and it plays exactly into what we’ve complained about in the past.

Back in teh day, it used to irk me that the rules were written so generically that there was always big room for interpretation and I often wondered why they simply didn’t write tighter regulations to prevent some of the shenanigans in F1 engineering circles.

It finally dawned on me back in 2008-ish why that was. the simple answer is to keep the regulations open allowing the FIA to maintain a wide berth for controlling the sport through its regulations clarification process which is usually done in a manner to keep the sport moving in the direction you want it and for maintaining control of the sport. The tighter the regulations, the less wiggle room all parties have.

Max shares that theory in his bio and this interview and a possible solution to the current woes of F1. Take a peek at the above link.

Hat Tip: ZDF and Motorsport for the story

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michael in seattle

What a terrific interview. Don’t think I have ever heard Bernie speak this coherently, and for this length of time, ever. Max sounds alert and plugged in – like he should be back in charge. The dangling issue left from this interview, in my opinion, is that Jean Todt is a milk-toast who does not want to offend anyone, and needs to go. If that were to happen, Bernie and FIA could institute needed changes – provided Bernie still received his 30 pieces of silver :) – just sayin’. Definitely worth the 29 minutes of watch time. btw: click on:… Read more »

michael in seattle

btw: loved the Bernie “thinker” juxtaposed with the Rodin.

charlie white

Very enlightening. How hard would it be to bring Max back? I never had much faith in Jean Todt when he got the FIA president’s position.

peter riva

Ah, wow! except for Max’s insistence of what he intended (and he claims was subverted), the interview is pretty clear. F1 is in serious crisis. Where’s Enzo, Chapman and Jack B when we need them?

Negative Camber

You know, it’s not lost on me that this was a “German-themed” interview. Just saying.