Ecclestone labels new teams an ’embarrassment’

FOM Chairman Bernie Ecclestone has attacked the new entrants to F1 for this season, saying that they have been an ’embarrasment’.

The Englishman, who turned 80 last week, showed no sign of mellowing in his old age as he turned his ire on the rookies in the Financial Times.

“They do nothing for us,” the recently-turned 80-year-old told the Financial Times. “They are an embarrassment. We need to get rid of a few of those cripples.”

He went on to propose a solution for Virgin Racing, whose owner Richard Branson has not yet invested perhaps what he might have done.

“Richard should put some money in there (Virgin), shouldn’t he? He could do what (Red Bull chief Dietrich Mateschitz) has done and put some money in.”

Anything could happen at Interlagos – Kubica

Robert Kubica has predicted an interesting weekend at the Interlagos circuit in next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Pole was referring to the weather conditions, which at this time of year in Brazil are changeable and difficult to predict.

It is for that reason that he was loth to make assertions about relative performance.

“Brazil is a bit of a strange track and it’s really difficult to predict how we will perform,” said Kubica in a team preview.

“There is a long straight out of the last corner where the F-duct will give us lots of gain and this is also where the power of the engine will be important.

“I think that we might have a lottery with the weather because Brazil gets unsettled conditions at this time of year, so it’s likely we will have some wet running, as we did in 2009.

“When it rains the track has very poor grip and you have to be lucky to get the perfect balance with the car.”

He added: “I had a good result there last year, which came as a big surprise. It will be difficult to repeat it this year, but as I said the weather can play a big role at Interlagos and anything can happen there.”