Red Bull right to be upset, says Ecclestone

Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:43am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has backed Red Bull's call for action to rein in Mercedes' engine advantage and make races more competitive after a one-sided start to the season.

However, the 84-year-old played down talk of the former champions walking away from a sport they dominated only recently.

"They are absolutely 100 percent right," Ecclestone told Reuters on Monday when asked about Red Bull principal Christian Horner's statement that the governing FIA should apply an "equalization mechanism" to narrow the gap.

"There is a rule that I think (former president) Max (Mosley) put in when he was there that in the event...that a particular team or engine supplier did something magic -- which Mercedes have done -- the FIA can level up things.

"They (Mercedes) have done a first class job which everybody acknowledges. We need to change things a little bit now and try and level things up a little bit," added the Briton.

Ecclestone said it was not a case of doing everything possible to stop Mercedes but simply to allow other manufacturers more flexibility.

"What we should have done was frozen the Mercedes engine and leave everybody else to do what they want so they could have caught up," he suggested. "We should support the FIA to make changes."

Under a complicated system of tokens, manufacturers can make limited changes to their engines during a season but not wholesale revisions.   Continued...

Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives during the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne March 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed