Ecclestone: Red Cards and Real Costs

Bernie Ecclestone has shared a few thoughts on the current state of the FIA governance issues of late with Stewards penalties and now the standard engine mandate for 2010.

“What I want is a referee, who either immediately announces a penalty or, as in football, shows a yellow card,” he said. “For certain offences you get a red card, for others a yellow. Once you have a certain number of yellow cards, you are banned for the next race.”

“We must be careful that we don’t punish every little thing, otherwise the drivers will lose the confidence to try to fight,”

Regarding the reduction of testing miles?

“I would be even more radical. Two things; only one track at which you can test, and we stay at each grand prix track one day longer so they can test on Monday.”

Ecclestone also thinks F1 teams have become too big.

“We could reduce the number of paddock passes for the guys who work on the cars,” he said, while also offering proposals for creating a more exciting sport. “For qualifying it should all be on low fuel, and there should be points,” said the Briton.

Be bold Bernie, you’ve carried water for Max for too long. Find new leadership for your series before it’s too late.

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