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Motor Racing

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone labels FIA 'a joke'

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has fired a broadside at FIA president Jean Todt and described motor sport's governing body as "a joke."

Ecclestone has been far from impressed with Todt's reign since he took over at the FIA in October 2009 from close friend Max Mosley.

"Jean Todt is a poor man's Max," Ecclestone told the Daily Express.

"He has been travelling around the world doing what Max didn't do too much - kissing the babies and shaking the hands.

"It is probably good for the FIA, but we don't need it in Formula One."

Of particular concern for Ecclestone is Todt's desire to change the engine rules from 2013, with F1 due to switch from 2.4-litre V8s to 1.6-litre turbo-charged units.

Ecclestone believes Todt has "not so much had a positive effect on Formula One."

Believing the teams rather than the FIA should make the rules, the 80-year-old added: "The competitors have to race and have got a big investment. We have got a big investment.

"We should write the rules, give them to the FIA and they should make sure they are followed.

"It should be like the police - the police don't write the rules and say you've got to do 30 miles an hour. The FIA is a joke."