Ecclestone believes that his demise will hurt Formula 1

Bernie Ecclestone with Donald Mackenzie

Bernie Ecclestone with Donald Mackenzie

Bernie Ecclestone believes that his own demise as Formula 1 boss could hurt the sport, and he claims this is something the sport’s owners fear even amid a corruption scandal that could see the him jailed.

The 83-year-old likened his situation to that of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, whose retirement last year coincided with a decline in the great football team’s form.

“I have got a sneaking feeling our board are probably football enthusiasts and saw what happened when they got rid of that guy from Manchester United,” Ecclestone told Formula 1 business journalist Christian Sylt, writing in the Sunday Express.

Meanwhile, McLaren‘s returning supremo Ron Dennis has said he does not think Christian Horner – reportedly Ecclestone’s personal pick – should succeed the 83-year-old.

“Personally, and I have nothing against either Christian or any other Team Principal,” Dennis told British Sky television, “I don’t think it would be a wise decision to put any former Team Principal into the position of running Formula 1.

“There’s too much conflict [of interest],” he insisted. (GMM)

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  • Resultant Asteroid

    “I don’t think it would be a wise decision to put any former team principal into the position of running Formula 1″, “There’s too much conflict,”

    You mean like Ecclestone, who was the manager of Brabham F1 Racing Team before running F1?

  • Dr. Azlan

    Definitely will hurt F1 in some ways, but definitely will not kill it.

    The sport has matured enough and right now only needs a decent manager to run it instead of building it like what Bernie did over past decades.

  • ninjamonk

    I think the threat might be without Bernie the FIA might use it’s get out of jail free card and get the current contract for commercial rights tested in a court of law.

  • Boycottthebull

    Go on Bernie we will risk it if you will! No more bribes and secret accounting and no more tens of millions in appearance fees to your favourite teams while other a battling to pay wages. The sport could have had many corruption free years if Bernie had left earlier. We can only hope the Germans find a nice 5 by 10 spot for him and an honest and fair F1 will be the result