Eccelstone: Drivers just take money from the sport


After the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) called for change within the F1 governance, Formula 1 Group owner Bernie Eccelstone has said that drivers should not be allowed to talk.

The 85-year-old said that the racers only care about how much money they can earn form the sport and are not interested in helping the development of it.

“What sort of interest do they have, the drivers, other than taking money out of the sport?” Ecclestone asked ESPN.

“I’ve never seen one of them put one dollar in, you go to dinner with them and they don’t even pay the bill. They shouldn’t even be allowed to talk. They should get in the car and drive it.”

Earlier in the year, Eccelstone was asked whether or not he would pay money to watch a Grand Prix, to which he replied he wouldn’t.

The Englishman has stood by his answer and elaborated further by saying that F1 is too predictable.

“I got slaughtered for saying that I wouldn’t buy a ticket for a Formula 1 race, which is true I wouldn’t,” he said.

“Because I know full well before I go to the race who’s going to be first, who’s going to be second and there’s no racing that’s going to happen anyway. So why would I want to sit in the bloody grandstand for with my wife and two kids or somebody else’s wife, for what? To see what?”