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2015-04-15 12:28

NOT LISTENING: FIA president Jead Todt has been warned by F1 teams of the problems they face, says a former team boss. Image: FIA

VIENNA, Austria - Former team boss Colin Kolles has pointed the finger squarely at the F1's governing body over a "massive regulations problem" within the sport.

Kolles, formerly in charge of Force India and most recently HRT, agrees withBernie Ecclestone that Formula 1 needs to rethink its engine rules urgently.

The currentturbo V6 'power unit' regulations are highly controversial: unpopularity quiet and complex; expensive for struggling teams and restrictive in helping uncompetitive Renault and Honda catch dominant Mercedes.

'TODT REFUSED TO LISTEN'

Kolles told the Austrian broadcaster Servus TV: "I think we have a massive regulations problem. I was at many meetings, if not all the meetings, that were about this engine."

Kolles, referring to Jean Todt, said: "The current FIA president was warned about the problems we have now. He just refused to listen.

"Mr Ecclestone tried for years to stop it, but the FIA was stubborn in what is actually now a massive problem for everyone in F1," he added.

Kolles also blasted Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff for "denying and blocking everything" as proposals did the rounds about how to react to the problem.

But his most hefty criticism is saved for Todt.

Kolles said: "Today's FIA president intervenes hardly at all with F1...he has other priorities. I think somebody needs to speak up."


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