I really need to get out of the house
Join Date: Mar 2005
Hard times for everyone
I would never thought Honda would do this. Cant blame them.
F1 boss Ecclestone: Honda pullout a 'wake-up call'
Published: 12/5/08, 6:45 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) - Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone said Friday that Honda's withdrawal from the sport provides a "wake-up call" to overspending teams and underlines the need to cut costs.
Honda's announcement in Tokyo that it was pulling out due to the slowdown in the global economy didn't surprise Ecclestone, who had spent much of the year campaigning with FIA president Max Mosley to get teams to reduce their costs, principally by agreeing to a standardized engine.
"This is a wake-up call," Ecclestone told Sky News television. "If you and I wanted to run a Formula One team, we wouldn't need to have to spend what they are spending at the moment - probably ($2.94 million) a year to do it.
"The trouble is the teams are basically run by technicians who should probably be at home playing with their PlayStations rather than spending fortunes to win races."
Ecclestone believes the sport needs to start engaging with its fans again.
"The average guy in the street doesn't care how many cylinders the car has, doesn't know, or what the capacity of the engine is, doesn't care," Ecclestone said. "We are in the business of entertainment and we should be building race cars to race."
FIA, motor sport's Paris-based governing body, said in a statement that "the global economic downturn has only exacerbated an already critical situation."
Mosley is trying to push through cost-cutting measures to safeguard the future of the sport, primarily a standardized engine to be supplied by Cosworth, and transmissions from Xtrac and Ricardo starting in 2010.
Rain. Whats is this Rain i keep hearing?.