New F1 not acceptable for fans - Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone believes fans will switch off from Formula One if the sport does not make a few changes going forward.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has been openly critical of the new sport, arguing the fuel saving aspect is damaging the spectacle. Mercedes has defended the new regulations, saying any changes at this stage would be "absurd", but Ecclestone is worried about the public losing interest.
"I think we have to [do something]," he said. "For sure I don't think the way things are at the moment is acceptable to the public. People who buy tickets for here can go somewhere else. They are expecting to see Formula One and what Formula One used to be."
Ecclestone said the new engines are impressive pieces of engineering, but are not what Formula One should be about.
"What is wrong with these fantastic engines? These engines without any doubt are incredible. The amount of power they produce for a small amount of fuel, but I don't think that is Formula One's business. They should be in touring cars or something."
He believes the sound of the turbocharged engines is still the main bugbear, but is also considering Ferrari's proposal of increasing the fuel allowance.
"I think they can do something about the noise," he said. "If they need another 10kg of fuel or something."
He said the rules could be changed without upsetting the competitive order and is convinced Mercedes will get behind the ideas.
"They shouldn't be punished for doing a good job. We shouldn't change the regulations to punish them.
"I think everybody is complaining, even Mercedes. They don't like people not being happy."