Dennis urges F1 chiefs to hold back on criticism


11 April 2014 by Ryan Wood

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis believes those criticising the sport and spreading negative comments need to discuss the matter internally and not in the open as it could damage the sport.

The Briton has been open in his support for the current regulations and in his criticism of those complaining about numerous factors.

"These are the regulations we all worked on," he said during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend. "Let's just get on with it. Let's stop the whinging."

Luca di Montezemolo, Christian Horner and Bernie Ecclestone are the main culprits with various meetings being held during the weekend to discuss engine noise; fuel flow sensors; the length of a race; and claims by Di Montezemolo that F1 is "boring" and similar to "taxi-cab racing".

66-year-old Dennis insists these comments must be discussed behind closed doors to avoid tarnishing the public's opinion of F1.

"There are a variety of reasons why we have ‘this’ F1: engine manufacturers wanted more relevant technology, the FIA wanted more relevant technology. Bernie just wants a show and the teams don't want high costs. Of course, it hasn't worked out to everybody's satisfaction, but we've got what we've got," he told the official F1website.

"I strongly feel that any issues should stay in the family and using the media - either as a team or a promoter or track owner or driver - is completely counterproductive to solving problems and addressing the future.

"It is not difficult to address some of the issues that are there, but it would be so much better if we would do it without bringing this negativity into the public domain."