Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche has criticized Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone for expressing his dismay about the series in public instead of discussing any concerns internally.
In a recent interview with the Daily Mail newspaper in Britain, Ecclestone recently said that he would not pay to take his family to an F1 race and that it is “the worst it has ever been”.
Ecclestone’s comments were timed just ahead of the F1 Commission meeting in Geneva where discussions regarding the future of the championship took place, and he said in a later interview they were angled to implore the need for change to those present.
Zetsche was nevertheless confused by Ecclestone’s comments, telling Reuters that he would not talk down his own product.
“At the Geneva Motor Show, I was not going on the stage to say I would never drive a Mercedes and customers should better not do it,” Zetsche said.
“I don’t understand how someone who is not only the CEO but partial owner of that product talks that way about this product.
“If he feels that about it, it should be discussed internally how to change it, but not as a [public] sales pitch.”