Horner: I would never consider taking on Bernie’s role

Bernie Ecclestone with Christian Horner

Bernie Ecclestone with Christian Horner

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has ruled out replacing Bernie Ecclestone as the sport’s commercial head.

Ecclestone is currently fighting bribery charges in Germany and stepped down from the board that runs Formula One in January. Although he continues to run the day-to-day business of the sport, speculation is rife about who will eventually replace Ecclestone, who told reporters last November that Horner would be an “ideal” candidate.

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

“I would never consider taking on Bernie’s role,” Horner told SportBusiness International. “My function and commitment is to Red Bull, and I certainly hope that Bernie will continue for another 20 years. It is in all our interests if he does. Bernie is still very much alive and in control of Formula One.”

March’s SportBusiness International features an extensive analysis of Bernie Ecclestone’s career and the succession plan for Formula One when he finally moves aside from the sport. (Sport Business)