Bosses urge Bernie to make changes

Bosses urge Bernie to make changes

Jaguar and Jordan team bosses Niki Lauda and Eddie Jordan agree that Bernie Ecclestone should take control and make the changes that the F1 supremo has been calling for. Ecclestone recently said that the sport needed a shake up to stop the boredom...

Jaguar and Jordan team bosses Niki Lauda and Eddie Jordan agree that Bernie Ecclestone should take control and make the changes that the F1 supremo has been calling for. Ecclestone recently said that the sport needed a shake up to stop the boredom that many are complaining about taking hold. He called for the banning of driver aids amongst other things and Lauda believes Ecclestone should just do it.

Eddie Jordan and Niki Lauda.
Photo by Jaguar Racing.
"There is no question that we should do something for the sport, because we just do nothing and keep hoping that people watch it," Lauda told Autosport. "There are a lot of arguments to try and make the show better, but nothing is done so that is what we have to work on. The solution is just to do it. Don't ask the teams, Bernie should do it. He shouldn't mess around."

Jordan agrees, saying Ecclestone only wants what's best for the sport as he has no team or personal gain to make from changes: "It is absolutely perfect at this moment in time for Bernie to take a firm hand. He is such a strong character and it almost needs a dictatorial hand -- and I think people will take that from him and not from anybody else."

"I believe his rhetoric and his talk is serious and I think he will push through the results because he would only want the best for everybody. He is not a team, he has no personal gain and what he needs is a show. Without the show, we don't have income, we don't have sponsors, we don't have anything. It has to be him because, with the unanimity required by the Concorde Agreement, there's no possibility of the teams agreeing."

Ecclestone said if he had the choice, he would do away with traction and launch control, limit aerodynamic development and have only one tyre supplier in Formula One. There would be opposition from some teams to such changes but it seems others would welcome a return to a less predictable, technology-dominated way of racing.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Jordan , Niki Lauda , Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Jaguar Racing , Jordan