Force India team owner Vijay Mallya has urged his rivals in Formula 1 to stop lodging complaints and moaning about the new regulations for the 2014 season and simply accept the decisions taken by the FIA.
Following the change from V8 to turbocharged V6 engines, as well as a number of other alterations to the technical, there has been an outcry from many of the technical directors and designers in Formula 1. Red Bull’s Adrian Newey has made no secret of his distaste of the new regulations, whilst in Bahrain Bernie Ecclestone and Luca di Montezemolo met to discuss how to fix the “taxi driver” racing that was due for 2014 in the Ferrari president’s eyes.
Of course, what happened on track was anything but taxi driver racing.
Speaking to veteran journalist Adam Cooper, Mallya was unsympathetic for his rival’s gripes.
“An FIA World Council decision is an FIA World Council decision,” he explained. “Everybody has accepted it, the investments have been made, the engines are running. What is there to comment on now?
“Everybody has their own opinions. In this sport unfortunately the teams can’t stick together and have one voice, so it’s something that one has got used to, that everyone has his own opinion.”
Mallya was faced with a similar problem last year when some teams successfully lobbied for a change in the construction of the Pirelli tires. After this change for the German Grand Prix, Force India’s form immediately nosedived whilst Red Bull and Sauber found pace.
“We could have complained last year when after Silverstone Pirelli changed the tyres,” Mallya said. “I could have moaned and groaned every day, and said the team’s performance has been compromised. But where does it get me? Nowhere.”
Mallya’s attitude is certainly a refreshing one, but it must be noted that none of the Mercedes-powered teams (including Force India) have raised too many problems with the regulations. Instead, those who have struggled off of the back of last season – namely Red Bull and Ferrari – have raised concerns.