Todt hopes Ecclestone stays F1 boss for many years
17 December, 2013
FIA president Jean Todt has come out in support of Bernie Ecclestone saying that he hopes thatthe under fire F1 supremo stays at the helm of the sport for many years to come
When asked about Ecclestone’s high profile legal wrangles, and the prospect of Formula 1 needing a new boss Todt said he hopes that 83 year old Ecclestone “stays in his place for many years”.
“I saw him [last] Monday,” Todt said. “He is in great shape, vibrant, motivated. Then we talk about what happens after Ecclestone..? I’d rather focus on the present.”
Todt sidestepped any talk about the potential problems caused by the revolutionary new regulations, or the obviously urgent need to cut costs, answering: “I do not have a crystal ball.”
He also didn’t want to talk about measures that were considered for 2014 but not adopted, such as mandatory two-pitstop grands prix.
“I read a lot of proposals,” said Todt. “If I was to comment on everything that we read, we’d be here until tomorrow. The reality is that we have spoken about the tyres, but the regulations will not change next year.”
“There will be tests in Bahrain, where I hope the right solutions will be developed. I am convinced that Pirelli has all the ability and the professionalism to do it,” he concluded. (GMM)
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