Montezemolo: Horner as Ecclestone’s successor a joke

Bernie Ecclestone and Luca di Montezemolo

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)

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  • 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.