Ecclestone: “Jean Todt is a poor man’s Max Mosley”

2011 F1 season

Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has criticised FIA president Jean Todt, calling him “a poor man’s Max Mosley” in an interview with the Daily Express.

Ecclestone said Todt, who became FIA president in October 2009, has “not so much had a positive effect on Formula 1.

“He has been travelling around the world doing what Max didn?t do too much ?ǣ kissing the babies and shaking the hands. It is probably good for the FIA but we don?t need it in Formula 1.”

Ecclestone said the new 1.6-litre turbo engines planned for 2013 “doesn?t sound anything like Formula 1″.

He also criticised Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems, which have been reintroduced this year, saying: “It has just cost an awful lot of money and I don?t know what it has proven.

“I don?t think anyone knows or cares what it is or what it does. I get upset with these things.”

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113 comments on Ecclestone: “Jean Todt is a poor man’s Max Mosley”

  1. Ha! Ha! Another great quote by Bernie. He can’t just stop, can he?

  2. Dougy_D said on 24th March 2011, 8:13

    Hehe, Bernie’s magic is working!! More headlines for F1, more free publicity, more viewers at the opening race. This is Bernie!! What a legend! Take everything he says with a pinch of salt.

  3. Burnout said on 24th March 2011, 8:22

    I don’t think anyone knows or cares what it is or what it does. I get upset with these things.

    That quote works just as well for what F1 fans think of you, Bernie. Stop killing the charismatic tracks and stop shooting your mouth off.

  4. Oliver said on 24th March 2011, 8:24

    Can someone please tell me what is green about KERS in the way it is currently implemnted in F1.
    Green should be about saving fuel and KERS doesn’t save any fuel, the cars burn more fuel carrying it about and all the energy harvested is used up in less than 5 seconds.
    Matter of fact, if the DRS could be used all through a lap, it is likely to have the cars burning less fuel per lap, even though the DRS is another issue entirely.
    At the end of the day, we have an expensive system that pretends to be green, but does nothing for the environment.
    So its just a case of planting 2 trees in front while hacking 3 behind.

    • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 24th March 2011, 10:37

      When KERS were proposed it was envisaged as an avenue for development, so that technologies refined in F1 would eventually be used in road vehicles. In some ways that has happened, with Williams’ flywheel KERS being used in public transport, for instance (though the irony is that the flywheel KERS has never been used in F1).

      Of course, what actually happened was that the FIA got scared that F1’s best and brightest might actually be allowed to use their brains for once, and put such tight restrictions on KERS development it immediately became a costly toy and nothing else. Toyota refused to develop KERS for F1 on the (very reasonable) basis that the KERS in some of their road cars was already more advanced than the kind that would be permitted by the F1 regulations.

  5. Kris said on 24th March 2011, 8:39

    Bernie is spot on about Todt not doing any good. Who came up with the sprinkler idea to simulate rain? Big B, that’s who! The real racing genius should be evident.

  6. wasiF1 said on 24th March 2011, 8:48

    He has gone mad.

  7. tobinen (@tobinen) said on 24th March 2011, 8:50

    Keep ‘em coming Bernie! Love it!

  8. MattJ said on 24th March 2011, 9:03

    Well of course Bernie doesn’t think Todt is doing a good job. Todt doesn’t roll over and have his belly tickled the way Mosley did. Mosley was Bernie’s lap dog – when Bernie said “jump” he said “how high?”. Todt is his own man and is running the FIA for the FIA’s benefit not CVC’s.

    I think we are witnessing the early skirmishes of a long cold-war between the FIA and FOM leading up to the end of the current Concorde Agreement.

  9. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 24th March 2011, 9:16

    Bernie needed some reason to wake up from his wet dream.

    Truth is, I think he really has Todt’s number. As I recall some years go Todt was seriously offended by someone referring to his weight and posture. He’s sensitive about more than a few things.

    “A poor mans Max Mosely”

    Jean Todt: His father was a Polish Jew who escaped to France during World War II.

    Max Molsey: His father was Sir Oswald Mosley who was arrested for being a Nazi sympathizer.

    That’s brutal Bernie…

  10. Ral (@ral) said on 24th March 2011, 10:05

    Jean Todt is a poor man’s Max Mosley

    Read: You’re all a mean bunch of mean meanies who are mean for ditching my lackey buddy trusted colleague in favour of someone I can’t influence.

  11. verasaki said on 24th March 2011, 10:15

    If Jean Todt is the poor man’s Max Mosely, I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of the poor man’s Bernie Ecclestone.

    He’s right about KERS though.

  12. Tango (@tango) said on 24th March 2011, 11:26

    “Jean Todt is a poor man’s Max Mosley” <<< Does it mean he can't afford leather?

  13. taurus said on 24th March 2011, 11:54

    agree with KERS and engine statements.

    I dont know what Jean Todt is doing either. Someone mentioned killing off charismatic tracks. Thats where you’ve gone wrong, Bernard.

    And if F1 wants to go green lets have less silly fly-away races on bland circuits in the middle of flippin’ nowhere.

  14. Sasquatsch (@sasquatsch) said on 24th March 2011, 12:37

    Apparantly Ecclestone is suffering from Alzheimer. Imho opinion the engines which Brabham (owned by Ecclestone) raced in the 80’s weren’t that bad. Over 1000 hp with 1.5 litre 4 cylinder turbo engines. Although I doubt that these amounts of horsepower will be reached with the new engine, I don’t think it will be less than the 600+ hp engines of today.

    Besides, I like the ideas the FIA presents for 2013 (Formula 1 cars with turbo engines and ground-effect, brings back memories of the early 80’s) more than I like the (imho) lunatic ideas of Bernie Ecclestone like artificial rain, more Tilke-tracks and tyres which degrade too much (to improve the show, which won’t happen because overtaking is getting harder).

    • Sasquatsch (@sasquatsch) said on 24th March 2011, 12:43

      Forgot to mention KERS, which is good when used in the right way. Not how it is used this year (which isn’t green).

      KERS should be used as a replacement instead of a supplement (power boost) to the current engines. I would rather have a hybrid solution (like in a Toyota Prius), where KERS is used for low speeds and the normal engine is used for high speeds). That way KERS will make Formula 1 greener, which it should become if it wants to maintain to be technology trendsetter for normal road cars.

  15. Michel S. (@hircus) said on 24th March 2011, 13:21

    Whereas Max Mosley is the rich man’s Max Mosley. By rich “man” we mean Bernie.

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