Ron Dennis unhappy with Sebastian Vettel's sweary condemnation of new F1
McLaren boss leaps to the defence of the new Formula 1
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 06/04/14 5:07pm
McLaren boss Ron Dennis has criticised Sebastian Vettel's sweary condemnation of F1's quieter sound in 2014.
Ahead of the Malaysia GP a week ago, the Red Bull driver witheringly dismissed the tinny - and widely unpopular - tone of the V6 engines as "s**t".
It's understood that Vettel has since received an unofficial rebuke from FIA President Jean Todt, but it was the sentiment as much as the choice of language that disappointed the McLaren boss as Dennis launched a strong defence of the 'new F1' in the Bahrain paddock.
"Being a World Champion requires a dignified response to everything," Dennis told Sky Sports News. "Putting aside the language, even the sentiment is inappropriate. The simple fact is that if he was sat in a Mercedes he would be extremely happy and I'm quite sure that any four-letter or five-letter words would be of joy."
Making their presence felt in the Bahrain paddock, but meeting a robust opponent in the form of Dennis, both Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone voiced their unhappiness with the current look, feel and noise of the new type of formula on Sunday.
But an unimpressed Dennis has urged the sport to stop washing its dirty linen in public.
"I can see no benefit from these matters being so openly and freely discussed when everybody knows what the process for change is," the McLaren chief executive later told Sky F1's Martin Brundle on the grid. "We can fix the noise, let's stop the whinging. Most of the moans at the moment are coming from uncompetitiveness."