In a sports league reeling from out of control spending requirements to stay competitive, and losing teams to bankruptcy, Bernie refused to lend a helping hand to struggling Manor/Maurussia. In a gallant effort, supported in part by the cash donations of their own fan base, Manor showed up at the Australian GP, but falling short in readiness and cash-flow, were unable to participate in the week’s events. Rather than pay for the shipping costs as is customary for F1/FIA in order to put on their events that earn billions each year, F1 King Bernie Ecclestone has ruled that Manor will have to pay the expenses for their travel – both to and from Australia.
F1 fans are not surprised, but deserve better from the sport’s leadership. With fans becoming disenchanted, viewership waning, and popularity suffering, this is not a good move for F1 to have made. Sadly, Bernie only sees dollar signs.