Webber Slams Ecclestone's Artificial Rain Ideas

Mark Webber has slammed Bernie Ecclestone's latest proposition to make Formula 1 more entertaining for the fans, namely the use of artificial wet conditions.

Earlier this week, the F1 supremo came up with another radical idea to enhance the show in the series – after the famous medal system last year – proposing to install sprinkle systems on all tracks in F1 and simulate wet conditions at each race. Although criticized by many, the idea was backed by F1's new tire supplier Pirelli.

My idea is that we should make a programme that nobody knows exactly which programme is going to be used and it would start at some time during the race. It would be raining effectively. It would maybe stop and maybe rain again later. Or maybe not. So nobody would know,” said Ecclestone.

Yeah, we know... it makes a lot of sense. Apparently, there's one man that doesn't think much of these ideas also and is outspoken enough to share his criticism with the media. Known as a driver who always speaks his mind, Mark Webber argued that some of F1's historic figures would “be turning in their graves if they thought we'd have sprinklers and hoses lined up around the track.

It wouldn't be the most sophisticated way to make the show more entertaining,” said the Red Bull racer. “It (racing) can be more exciting when we have some different weather conditions, that does happen. But you just try and think of Jimmy Clark, and Jackie Stewart and [Ayrton] Senna and those guys, masters in the wet.”

Former GP driver Jos Verstappen recently echoed Webber's comments in his latest column for Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, slamming Ecclestone's idea as being “ridiculous”.
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