Formula One: Bernie Ecclestone Bites Back on Malaysia GP Comments

Former Formula One Supremo Bernie Ecclestone has fired back against Sepang’s Circuit Chief Razlan Razali comments regarding the Malaysian F1 deal.

It’s not easy leading one of the world’s most successful Motorsports for multiple decades – you’re bound to make a few enemies. Former F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone did just that. Ecclestone’s presence in Formula One’s dealings has always been looked at as somewhat a sour affair by some of his business partners. Now, one such partner – Malaysian Sepang circuit’s Chief Razlad Razali – has added his voice to the Ecclestone opposition, saying that he always felt “ripped off” when dealing with Ecclestone and his Formula One sport:

xxxx during practice for the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit on March 27, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
xxxx during practice for the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit on March 27, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“I just felt ripped off in some ways, even though we were not forced to sign the agreement. All this time you have been overcharging us and we are not getting what we want, such as good racing and access to drivers and teams.

Of course, nobody put a gun to our head but for you to come up with comments like that makes us feel worse. It makes us feel like we’ve been conned and we’re not getting what we paid for.” – Razlan Razali

Razali was referencing comments that Ecclestone issues regarding the Sepang circuit after Ecclestone said that a deal could not be struck due to the fact that the circuit was charging them “too much for what we provide”. Bernie – being Bernie – wasn’t done it seems.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 15:  F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, President of the FIA, Jean Todt, Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso, Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda and Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Lotus observe a minute's silence on the grid for victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris before the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 15, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 15: F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, President of the FIA, Jean Todt, Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso, Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda and Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Lotus observe a minute’s silence on the grid for victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris before the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 15, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

With his ear still to the ground, the former F1 Supremo fired back against Razali’s most recent comments as well, with a fresh amount of venom:

“[On the accusation that Ecclestone made Razali look stupid]: Nobody made him look stupid, and it’s difficult to make people look stupid. If they are, they are. They have done a very good job with the motorcycles, he’s fallen in love with the motorbike racing and that they apparently make money from.

With Formula 1 they don’t make money and what I said was we haven’t been delivering what they bought. Not our fault. We don’t make the show.” – Bernie Ecclestone

SPIELBERG,AUSTRIA,22.JUN.14 - FORMULA 1 - Grand Prix of Austria, Red Bull Ring. Image shows Bernie Ecclestone. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber - For editorial use only. Image is free of charge.
SPIELBERG,AUSTRIA,22.JUN.14 – FORMULA 1 – Grand Prix of Austria, Red Bull Ring. Image shows Bernie Ecclestone.
Photo: GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber – For editorial use only. Image is free of charge.

Razali has yet to respond to Ecclestone’s newest comments, but something does seem to scream that things would be a lot better if he played the bigger man and just stopped talking – something tells us that while Ecclestone may not be running the show at F1 anymore, he’s far from walking away from it.