user icon
user icon

Ecclestone a little bit disappointed in Vettel, Alonso

  • Published on 09 Dec 2014 11:27
  • comments 1
  • By: Rob Veenstra
Bernie Ecclestone has credited Mercedes' team management for preventing a "lousy" world championship in 2014. Considering the German team's utter dominance this year, the F1 'supremo' admitted he was disappointed with the "attitude" of the struggling reigning champion, Sebastian Vettel. "I'm a super supporter of Sebastian," said Ecclestone, "but I'm a little bit disappointed with his attitude, which I think has changed."

As he struggled with his Red Bull alongside Daniel Ricciardo in 2014, Vettel was highly critical of the sport's new regulations and decided to switch to Ferrari for a new challenge next year. "He's acting like a defeated guy," Ecclestone said, "and he isn't -- that's not his mentality."

Writing in the foreword of the official F1 season review, the 84-year-old Briton also criticised the man Vettel is replacing at Maranello. "Ferrari was very disappointing," Ecclestone said, "getting lost somewhere. Fernando (Alonso) got a little bit like Sebastian halfway through, so I'm a little disappointed in him, too."

2014 did, at least, crown a new winner, as Mercedes totally dominated following years of Vettel's supremacy. "I don't think we could have lived with another Red Bull year," Ecclestone said, "any more than we could have lived with another Schumacher (Ferrari) year. I thought perhaps Ferrari or Red Bull or one of the other teams would catch up (with Mercedes) halfway through the season and make up a few points at the end."

He said that, in light of Mercedes' unchallenged supremacy, it was "lucky" the Brackley team's bosses decided to let Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fight almost unfettered for the drivers' crown. "We've been extremely lucky with what happened," said Ecclestone. "These two guys have been racing each other and it's good that Mercedes allowed them to do that. If not, we would have had a really lousy championship." (GMM)

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • These statements by Bernie are almost too trite and "over the top" (in context) to warrant comment. Overall, he should be darned grateful for the intrigue that Alonso and Vettel generated in their changes-of-station, since they drew a lot of attention that would otherwise have been spent on Bernie, his embarrassing bribery court case, and dumber comments about youth versus rich old guys as the preferred F1 audience, etc.

    Bernie is soooo past his prime!

    • + 0
    • Dec 9 2014 - 17:22

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

World Championship standings 2020

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Renault
  • Points 852
  • Podiums 22
  • Grand Prix 114
  • Country Australia
  • Date of b. Jul 1 1989 (31)
  • Place of b. Perth, Australia
  • Weight 64 kg
  • Length 1.75 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
3 - Jul 5
Austria
10 - Jul 12
Austria
17 - Jul 19
Hungary
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom
14 - Aug 16
Spain
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
11 - Sep 13
Italy
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Germany
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
10 - Jul 12
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
Hungary Hungaroring
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom Silverstone
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
14 - Aug 16
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
11 - Sep 13
Italy Mugello
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
Germany Nurburgring
See full schedule
show sidebar