Mark Webber rejects 'fake rain' idea
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone's idea of “controlling” the weather during races has come up against some stark opposition with the sport's drivers.
The Formula One head honcho has recently speculated that it would be a good idea to introduce artificial rain into races, utilising sprinklers to provide a short, sharp downpour to bone-dry events.
Ecclestone's idea has instantly hit a bum-note with some of Formula One's most respected drivers, including Red Bull's Mark Webber.
The Australian driver has entirely failed to entertain the Formula One boss' latest brainwave, saying: “No and no.”
Webber also stated that he did not believe that Formula One needed such measures to enliven it.
"It wouldn't be the most sophisticated way to make the show more entertaining,” said the Red Bull driver.
Many of the sports key-players are of the belief that their beloved sport is already exciting enough; others think that dealing with the conditions that mother nature throws their way is one of the biggest draws that motor racing has to offer.
"I think Bernie's putting forward some entertaining ideas but Formula 1 is about contending with the conditions that prevail at the time," said Mercedes GP boss Nick Fry.
"The beauty of Formula 1 is that there is now huge variety. We have races in the evening and during the day and halfway between the two and I don't think anyone could say that last year was boring.”
Meanwhile, some have suggested that Ecclestone's idea could be verging on dangerous, as his original plan was to give the drivers no more than a two minute warning before activating the “fake rain”, creating immediate and potentially hazardous driving conditions.
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