Nico Rosberg tells Bernie Eccelstone where to shove it; earns serious brownie points

After F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone described modern day F1 drivers as “windbags” last week, Nico Rosberg duly took to Twitter to put the score right. Rosberg couldn’t resist a poke at Bernie on Wednesday, when he and several other drivers – including Fernando Alonso – shared a photo of 18 drivers around a dinner table.

During a rare meal with fellow racing drivers in China, Rosberg poked fun at Bernie who came down hard on F1 racers who recently wrote an open letter issuing concerns about F1’s governance structure. According to sources inside the paddock, Bernie wasn’t impressed by the drivers’ use of grammar before making a series of bizarre statement about them.

BERNIE’S STRANGE CLAIMS ABOUT F1 DRIVERS

1. F1 drives should not dictate the rules of F1.
2. They should not be allowed to talk to media.
3. They are windbags.
4. They are cheap because they never offer to pay for dinner when he takes them out.

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was last seen at the Bahrain International Circuit on April 3, 2016 in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was last seen at the Bahrain International Circuit on April 3, 2016 in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Without explicitly doing it, Bernie gave F1’s gladiators the middle finger he’s become so famous for dishing out, albeit subtly.

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Rosberg’s tweet contained a cheeky disclaimer: “#racingunited or in Bernie’s words #windbagsunited.” And so the power struggle continues…

Nico Rosberg was quick to fire back at F1 supremo Bernie Eccelstone. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Nico Rosberg was quick to fire back at F1 supremo Bernie Eccelstone. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)