FEBRUARY 3, 2014
Ecclestone's F1 outburst makes no sense says Lauda
Niki Lauda has hit back at Bernie Ecclestone's attack on Mercedes and F1's new, greener and quieter era.
In an outburst last week against the sport he heads, F1 chief executive Ecclestone said the farcical events of the opening test at Jerez proved his fears about the energy recovery-powered V6 era were founded.
He even dismissed the argument that F1's new regulations save fuel, insisting: "Mercedes are taking 23 trucks with them everywhere. If they really wanted to save fuel they should stop that".
Former triple world champion Lauda, now the chairman of the Mercedes team, hit back at Ecclestone's comments in the German newspaper Bild.
"I don't understand what Bernie said," the great Austrian started.
"The decision to go with the new engines was taken jointly, by everybody, five years ago. To criticise now makes no sense," said Lauda.
Print News Story
ROSS BRAWN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
TV AUDIENCE DROP TRIGGERED DOUBLE POINTS MOVE
FIA DELAYS NOSE DISPUTE UNTIL 2015
LOTUS, MARUSSIA PAY 2014 ENTRY FEES
MASSA WOULD BE WORRIED IN RED BULL BOOTS
ECCLESTONE'S F1 OUTBURST MAKES NO SENSE SAYS LAUDA
MASSA TIPS CLEVER ALONSO TO BEAT RAIKKONEN
MELBOURNE IN TOUGH TALKS OVER F1 FUTURE