Ecclestone: I would love Flavio to come back

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Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that blocks have been placed on his preferred successorwho he has named as Flavio Briatore.

The apparent lack of a succession plan for the 85-year-old Briton has long been an issue, but supremo Ecclestone says his main suggestions were thrown out.

“There are a million people who think they can do it, but it is an urgent case of finding the right one,” he told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper.

But as for who might one day run the sport in Ecclestone’s wake, the diminutive billionaire says his preferred nomination has been ruled out.

“I would love Flavio (Briatore) to come back,” he told the Star, referring to the flamboyant former Renault team boss who left F1 in disgrace after the ‘crashgate’ scandal. “But there are blocks on him and that is so sad and a great loss to F1.”

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Briatore, who is often asked for comment about F1 matters by media, claims he is not interested in a return to the sport in an official capacity.

“I don’t miss it. F1 is Playstation for engineers. People forget the fans, forget the show. People don’t find it interesting I think sooner or later it will change, because like this it will go nowhere,” Briatore told media last year when asked about a return to the sport.

The matter of a successor is again grabbing headlines, with Ecclestone revealing to British media that CVC is poised to sell F1 as we reported here>>>

“Actually, two of the people have agreed the price,” he said. “It’s just a question of whether CVC wants to sell or not.”