Horner has no interest in succeeding under-fire Ecclestone

Christian Horner  with Bernie Ecclestone

Christian Horner with Bernie Ecclestone

Christian Horner this week has once again played down reports that he is first in line should Bernie Ecclestone step down as Formula 1 supremo.

Ecclestone, 83, is fighting legal battles on several fronts at present over the Gerhard Gribkowsky bribery scandal.

On Wednesday, he amused reporters as he arrived to testify in London’s high court, calling them “lazy bastards” before entering the revolving door and then exiting it on the same side.

He then tried to enter the building through a conventional glass door which wouldn’t open, shrugging when the reporters asked if he is confident that he will prevail in the multi-million dollar lawsuit brought by a German media company.

While testifying, Formula 1’s inimitable chief executive sounded unconcerned about the outcome of his legal troubles, which could ultimately see his long reign over the sport end.

Bernie Ecclestone on the grid in Abu Dhabi

Bernie Ecclestone on the grid in Abu Dhabi

“I don’t mind,” Ecclestone told Constantin Medien’s lawyer, “I’ve got plenty of things to do.”

If the diminutive Briton is forced into retirement, or is jailed, one name constantly mentioned as a potential successor is Christian Horner – Red Bull‘s 39-year-old, ultra-successful team boss who is famously allied to Ecclestone.

British newspapers quoted Horner as saying on Wednesday: “Looking at the health that Bernie’s in, he’s going to outlive all of us!

“I have no interest in the role that he performs. My focus is in running a team and I think actually to replace Bernie would be impossible, certainly with one person.

“I’m very happy with what I do here,” Horner insisted. “I’m focused and committed to this team.”

However, Horner’s attitude might be changed if Red Bull’s current team begins to break up.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates his third title triumph with Adrian Newey and Christian Horner in Brazil in 2012

Sebastian Vettel celebrates his third title triumph with Adrian Newey and Christian Horner in Brazil in 2012

Designer Adrian Newey has been linked with an America’s Cup foray, while Sebastian Vettel is constantly linked with a move to Ferrari.

Indeed, it has been suggested that leaving Red Bull might be the only way that the new quadruple World Champion would be universally accepted both in terms of popularity and greatness.

Alain Prost said: “If [Vettel] wants to he should move, but not to please someone else – only if he wants to do it for himself.”

Vettel, however, said he is committed to Red Bull, “Even if I go to another team, I will still have people who doubt or don’t like who I am and what I do.”

“At the end of the day you have to be happy with yourself and right now I can assure you I’m very happy with who I am and what I do.” (GMM)

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  • dcloudy777

    Horner has the easiest job in motorsport, why would he want to move to one of the toughest?

  • ukwhite

    He’s making things easy.

    People belittle his merits in team’s performance, but his contribution is huge. Really capable young man.