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Force India boss tells Ecclestone to 'un-crap' F1
Formula One boss, Bernie Ecclestone has been urged to “uncrap” the sport by Force India team principal Vijay Mallya.

Ecclestone was quoted by AFP as saying he had been given a “crap product to sell” ever since the introduction of the V6 turbo power units in 2014.

Bernie has been outspoken on many times regarding the present engines and Mallya, when asked about the quote, challenged F1’s promoter to make the sport better.

Speaking ahead of the British Grand Prix, Mallya said: “How would I respond to the chief executive’s comments that he had a crappy product to sell? He shouldn’t be selling the product if he thought it was crap.

“Considering he sells the product he calls crap, but he makes billions of pounds out if it, he needs to work with the participants to uncrap it.”

A fans’ survey, commissioned by the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, delivered a damning verdict on the state of the sport with 90 per cent of its participants calling for more entertainment. Less than one in 10 believed Formula One is in a healthier condition than it was five years ago, while a majority of the 217,000 fans described the sport as “boring”.

Lotus CEO Matthew Carter disproved such claims, saying Ecclestone does not create negativity but simply responds to it.

“I think the negativity does come from the press,” Carter said.

“I honestly do. And I think… I presume you’re referring to Mr Ecclestone when you say the negative comes from him. I think he reacts to what is written in the press.

“I think that Bernie tries to encourage the sport, he tries to make the sport be more appealing to the fans: the fans read what you guys write. The fans listen to what Bernie says, I agree, but ultimately they will read your stories and if your stories are negative, they will read those and they won’t read the positive.”

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