Formule One supremo Bernie Ecclestone labelled the testing in Jerez 'a farce' and blamed the new rules for the trouble on the track.

Ecclestone, who stepped down from the F1 board last month, did not support many of the new rules that have been implemented.

"Look at the last few days. I said it was going to be like this … a total farce," he told the Daily Mail. "They [the FIA and the teams] insisted on these new engines. If they wanted to race like this they should go to Le Mans.

"They talk about saving fuel. They don't need these new engines to achieve that. They should get smaller motorhomes. Then they wouldn't need so many trucks going all round Europe. Mercedes are taking 23 trucks with them everywhere. If they really wanted to save fuel they should stop that."

Reigning constructors world champions Red Bull were the worst affected, calling an early end to a nightmare first pre-season test and focussing on the problems before their next track outing in Bahrain.

"The whole thing with the new engines is totally absurd. People want noise - something special, that's what F1 is all about - and now we have quiet engines and nobody on the track."

Source: Agencies