Bernie Ecclestone sticks the boot into Mercedes chief Toto Wolff accusing him of making F1 ‘s***’

BERNIE ECCLESTONE has fired a double-blast at Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, claiming the Austrian has made F1 "s***".

Ecclestone blames Wolff's refusal to provide rivals Pink Bull with engines in 2015 for making the sport uncompetitive.

 Bernie Ecclestone is not impressed with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

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Bernie Ecclestone just isn’t impressed with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

He additionally blames Wolff, who’s Lewis Hamilton's boss at the F1 workforce, for pushing by way of the controversial Halo cockpit safety system which shall be on this yr's F1 automobiles.

Ecclestone stated: "I blame Mercedes and Toto for placing us in the s*** we’re in phrases of the competitors.

"In the event that they'd given an engine to Pink Bull, we'd have three groups for the previous three years racing one another.

"The factor I used to be battling for the previous 4 or 5 years is the incontrovertible fact that there was no competitors and I used to be making an attempt to promote it to the promoters and we weren’t delivering.

 Mercedes have dominated Drivers' Championship with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg winning last four titles

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Mercedes have dominated Drivers' Championship with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg profitable final 4 titles
 Bernie Ecclstone wanted Toto Wolff to supply Red Bull with same engines in 2015

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Bernie Ecclstone needed Toto Wolff to provide Pink Bull with similar engines in 2015
 Bernie Ecclestone was in charge of F1 for nearly forty years until his departure last year

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Bernie Ecclestone was in cost of F1 for almost forty years till his departure final yr

"It was like me being in the music enterprise and getting individuals to ebook The Rolling Stones after which not have Mick Jagger flip up."

He added: "That bloody Halo enterprise….The man that made that occur was Toto Wolff and the man who works for the drivers (GPDA president Alex Wurz).

"Toto's concepts indirectly the place proper and stated 'if we now don't do it and there was an accident somebody was killed….'

However I stated 'watch out, as a result of if there’s an accident and the man can't get out the automotive after which he died'."

Ecclestone, who managed F1 for over forty years, was axed by Liberty Media eleven months in the past and given the title of chairman emeritus and a wage of £3million a yr.

The 87-yr-previous was outspoken about Liberty's choice to dump grid women and says that changing them with Grid Youngsters might show troublesome, if the youngsters run off!

He added: "I feel getting rid of the grid women was a bit of bit cranky, however there’ll all the time be fairly women in the F1 paddock.

"I spoke to somebody who stated if they’re 12 years previous, are they going to convey their mother and father with them?

"I keep in mind the time it took, once we had the pitlane walkaround, the time it took to get the youngsters out of the garages, as a result of that’s what occurs.

"Youngsters fill the garages after which you have got all the groups on the lookout for the youngsters…

Ecclestone additionally claims that a pioneering new collection of ladies-solely racers is near getting the go forward.

He additionally says Liberty have to encourage ladies into Formula One by supporting them.

He stated: "Somebody stated to me that it was very near occurring. I feel individuals need to see ladies in F1. I can't see why individuals would simply need a ladies-solely collection.

"In the event you had some ladies drivers in F1 they usually have been ok, they might get rather a lot of curiosity.

"It wants somebody to say 'give them a go'. Liberty ought to do this. It might be an excellent factor for the Formula One Group to do."

BERNIE ECCLESTONE has fired a double-blast at Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, claiming the Austrian has made F1 "s***".