Montezemolo: Horner as Ecclestone’s successor a joke 27 November, 2013 Bernie Ecclestone with Luca di Montezemolo Luca di Montezemolo has dismissed as a joke Bernie Ecclestone’s claim that Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is his ideal successor as Formula 1 supremo. Amid the Ecclestone corruption affair, and the 83-year-old’s advancing years, it is believed the sport’s owner CVC would prefer to headhunt from outside the sport. But, even though Horner subsequently reaffirmed his commitment to Red Bull, Formula 1 chief executive Ecclestone said last week that he would be “happy” to help the 40-year-old find his feet if the younger Briton indeed took charge of the sport. And when asked about his comments this week by Spain’s Marca newspaper, Ecclestone answered: “[Horner] is an intelligent man and I think he would get on with all the people [with whom] he would have to.” When asked about Ecclestone’s apparent naming of his chosen future successor, Ferrari president Montezemolo told Italian television Rai Uno that it was a joke. “As the years go by, he more and more enjoys making jokes and I’m happy [that] he still has the desire to do so.” Montezemolo also questioned Ecclestone’s nomination of Red Bull’s new quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel as better even than Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna. “Ecclestone says what suits him,” he answered, “[and] there is no doubt [that Vettel] is a great driver. He is a serious young man who has won a lot and therefore he deserves respect.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsSpecial Tribute: Formula 1 and Ferrari hearts beat for Michael SchumacherMarchionne: We’ve got to kick some ass and quicklyMontezemolo: The least I expected was a thank youMattiacci: Engine freeze against principles of F1Bianchi was destined for Ferrari says MontezemoloMattiacci: Unfreeze engine rules for good of F1Ferrari loses legal battle with engineerFerrari pay tribute to Santander boss BotinTodt: I find criticisms of Ferrari today unjustMontezemolo: F1 results do not impact on car sales ZombieJebus Luca is the biggest joke in F1. Right after Ferrari’s results for the past 5 years. matthew Just a typical over-priveleged bitch. Garth Yes and we all know why you said that Mr. Montepratelo. sidhu Horner’s ass sniffing qualities would make him the perfect choice to succeed Barny.