Horner still being tipped to succeed Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone with Christian Horner

Bernie Ecclestone with Christian Horner

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner is still being hotly tipped as the next Formula 1 supremo.

A source at Delta Topco, the CVC-controlled group that owns the sport’s commercial rights, has named 40-year-old Briton Horner as the top choice to succeed embattled Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone.

The news follows suggestions that external figures like Justin King, the outgoing Sainsbury’s chief, or Formula 1 marketing specialist Zak Brown are in fact the more likely picks.

Horner, the Red Bull team boss, has repeatedly denied he is interested in the job, even after a judge last week damagingly found that Ecclestone had paid a “bribe” to Gerhard Gribkowsky.

If convicted of that very offense by a German criminal court later this year, the Formula 1 board would certainly remove the 83-year-old.

Horner, however, said last week that he would “never consider” replacing Ecclestone.

“My function and commitment is to Red Bull, and I certainly hope that Bernie will continue for another 20 years,” he told Sportbusiness International.

But even in light of Horner’s repeated denials, a source close to the Delta Topco board said this week: “There is no doubt that Christian fits the bill.”

“We need someone with experience of Formula 1, someone who can deal with television rights and commercial contracts,” the source told The Times newspaper.

“The fact that Bernie would train Christian up, in effect, looks like a solution to many of the directors.” (GMM)

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  • Bjørnar Ceo Simonsen

    Ferrari will veto Horner if needed. Good.

  • BernieHeartsPutin

    I’m sure Horner would be honoured to receive that complimentary wig collection. Time for nanny Ecclestone to go. Not sure Horner is a good replacement…. Then again, an inanimate object would suffice over Bernard the bribing bender. So I say elect Karthikeyan’s old HRT as CEO and be done with it.

  • Barlow

    I’m sure Horner would be a good and intelligent choice to take over and run Formula 1 after Bernie, but the way Formula 1 has been running lately, that’s why it won’t ever happen!!

  • hahaha

    Lolz :D

  • hahaha

    I hope so. You can say what you want of Berns but he always says what he thinks. Also F1 is what it is today thanks to him, the stupid rules come from the FIA not from him. Without him at the helm F1 wouldn’t even exist anymore after the 2008 crisis. He has the ability to convince sponsors and manufacturers. Horner has only proven to be an utter hypocrit who speaks with a split tongue. I prefer Helmut Marko to him, you can also say what you want about him, he just says what he thinks.

  • Mellow Jessica

    Bernie is like, not an endangered species, but rather, a miracle of nature – he is a shark given human form.

    Christian Horner, for all his success “managing” the Red Bull F1 program, lacks Bernie’s insatiable greed and pitiless ability to kill for the deal. And I’ve come to believe these qualities are crucial to ensuring the success and profitability of CVC’s investment.

    Horner – for all his rational self-interest (leading the internal revolt against FOTA which destroyed it from within, to the benefit of FOM) is not sufficiently cynical or rapacious in his outlook to run F1.