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There are ways to make friends, and ways to make enemies. Telling several members of your party they're unwelcome is a sure way to the latter, but then, Bernie Ecclestone has never shied away from controversy. In his latest statement, the Formula One chief has indicated that the field should be cut down from its current grid of 13 teams to just 10.

The number of teams grew in recent years to adopt Virgin, Hispania and Lotus, but the former two in particular have struggled to keep the pace with the competition. Ecclestone also reportedly feels that there isn't enough sponsor cash to go around, as evidenced by the lack of corporate logos on HRT's new car. The outspoken racing chief, however, appears to support Lotus, which he apparently feels has a stronger chance of overcoming its teething pains and catching up to the rest of the grid.

In related news, Ecclestone is reportedly cooperating with German authorities who are investigating alleged corruption in the sale of F1's commercial rights five years ago to CVC Capital Partners, whom Ecclestone represents. Authorities are looking into the personal finances of German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky who at the time chaired the series' previous commercial rights holder, and was discovered to have received a mysterious $50 million payment into an offshore account.

[Source: ESPN | Image: Clive Mason/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Has that guy ever taken a good picture?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I had to guess, the answer is somewhere between 9 and 13 inches long.

        But hey, look at Charlie Sheen..... nothing special to look at but he's always surrounded by beautiful women, even when he's married to one. Granted, some of them are PAID to be with him and others are PORN STARS by trade, but he's still getting it done.
        • 4 Years Ago
        His wallet is 9 inches thick? Impressive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I never seen one.

        But it brings up a good question, if he is so ugly how come he is always surrounded by good looking women. What is it that he has that other men do not? I wonder if its the hair. Or Glasses. Or those great dentures.

        What could it be?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you kidding...yes there is.

        Here's one posing with his ex, Slavica.


      • 4 Years Ago
      Formula 1 doesn't need Bernie. He was just preaching how he wanted more cars on the grid... Now he wants only 10 teams? Get rid of this man! He is destroying this sport!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Grumpy Old Men,
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds more like F1 cannot grow enough to support more groups. And 10 is rather tiny
      • 4 Years Ago
      He always looks like someone poked him in the eye with a stick. Maybe they are verifying if hes still alive?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bernie Ecclestone is still alive?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bernie Ecclestone, this is who Charlie Sheen will become .... if he lives to 70.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I still like Charlie Sheen better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In truth who would even miss those backmarkers?
      This year's silly junk tires and the more frequent
      stops they'll engender will be a major problem for
      all and the backmarkers will be even more frequently
      (and dangerously) in the way to slow things down for
      those 5 teams that are really in contention. F1 is
      becoming more of an obstacle course contest than
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think I'd miss those backmarkers.
        The starting grid would be less impressive without them.
        They provide some interest in the latter parts of the race as the leaders try to pick their way through them.
        They give younger drivers a place to go until they're noticed by bigger teams.

        But I would agree that I pay no attention to their final race positions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bernie its time to go. You're well past your due date. Get some fresh minds in there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He has done many things right and being the kind of Bernie does help in business, but sometimes comments like this i'm not just sure what he is thinking.
      They decided to give permission to these new teams. Yes they did not do well, but then those teams also had to start pretty much from scratch and had to build the cars on shorter time than any else.

      Lotus got some real money behind it and ok drivers so i do believe they will be in the same page with other older teams already this year. Though Hispania is a bit of hazard i have to say.

      I don't know just seems like unnecessary fu move from him, but yes that's Bernie for you.
      • 4 Years Ago

      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess the people who robbed him also stole his common sense.
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