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. I would like to hear what Jean Todt really thinks about Bernie. Too bad he’s too much of a gentleman to really tell it like it is.

  2. My first reaction is to say that Ecclestone is only criticizing Todt because he isn’t the alley for Ecclestone that Mosley was.

    However Ecclestone and Mosley sometimes pretended to have public disagreements when it suited, either way I am sure that Ecclestone’s comments are more to with political positioning.

  3. lewymp4 (@lewymp4) said on 24th March 2011, 16:42

    Under Todt I don’t believe that we aill ever see a repeat of the outrage that occurred at Spa in 2008…..unlike Mad Max.

  4. The Last Pope said on 24th March 2011, 17:45

    Get your hair sorted Bernie. Then go stand under your sprinklers for an hour to claim your medal.

  5. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 24th March 2011, 18:39

    Probably Bernie has been playing some videogames, and he got amazed on the game config setup, “ok, pressing this button I can choose rain or not, and this other turns on the “cheat mode (shortcuts)”. And if he tries again his medals idea, so all the teams on the backlines should definitely quit. That’s terrible management. Ecclestone only matters about attracting new TV viewers,but if he fulfils these “good changes” that won’t be F1 anymore, and it would be much better to see the GP2

    • hohum said on 20th June 2011, 23:33

      Its not more viewers he is focused on it is cutting costs so he can keep his ridiculously high percentage of revenue.But you are right, before long it will all be GP2, except current GP2 cars will be faster.

  6. Bartholomew said on 24th March 2011, 19:39

    Bernie is right. Max Mosley was a better looking, sharper dressing and more upscale ambassador of F1.

    KERS is a token green gesture and separates the rich teams from the poor ones.

  7. driftin said on 24th March 2011, 20:18

    Ecclestone should keep his (mostly stupid) opinions to himself. In fact he should just retire and F1 management needs to be shaken up, not with one person but a committee or something.

  8. HounslowBusGarage said on 24th March 2011, 21:09

    A week or so ago, Bernie said all F1 needed was ‘Ferrari and noise’.
    You don’t think do you, that Luca has privately told Bernie that Ferrari would withdraw from F1 if the 2013 changes are intoduced? After all, Ferrari have no 4 cylinder or 1,500 cc history.
    Maybe this is Bernie seeking to ensure that the value of his asset (F1) remains high by trying to derail Todt’s proposed changes, thereby ensuring that it’s most prominent participant (Ferrari) stays on board.

    • hohum said on 20th June 2011, 23:39

      Quite right comrade, if Ferrari go elsewhere so goes the fanbase and some of the other teams not to mention Bernies cashcow.

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