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 SchumacherNew reports link Brawn, Costa, Bottas with FerrariVettel is one of 60 new signings at FerrariLauda denies Hamilton interest in Ferrari driveFerrari big boss worried about 2015 project troublesHamilton: Ayrton Senna will always be my main manMarchionne: 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 Montezemolo 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.