Webber lashes 'fake rain' idea

Updated: 04 March 2011 17:36 IST

Ausralia's Mark Webber has dismissed Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone's idea to liven up the show by using sprinklers to make tracks artificially wet during Grands Prix.

Webber lashes 'fake rain' idea
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Ausralia's Mark Webber has dismissed Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone's idea to liven up the show by using sprinklers to make tracks artificially wet during Grands Prix.

"No and no," Red Bull driver Webber told the BBC when asked whether he was in favour of such measures.

"It can be more exciting when we have some different weather conditions, that does happen. But you just think of Jimmy Clark, Jackie Stewart, (Ayrton) Senna and those guys - masters in the wet.

"Jackie's still here, but the other two would be turning in their graves if they thought we'd have sprinklers and hoses lined up around the track."

"It wouldn't be the most sophisticated way to make the show more entertaining."

Ecclestone had suggested the sprinklers could be switched on with no more than a two-minute warning to ensure suspense.

"My idea is we should make a programme that nobody knows exactly which one is going to be used and it would start at some time during the race. It would effectively be raining," said Ecclestone.

"It would maybe stop and maybe rain again later. Or maybe not. So nobody would know."

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