Formula 1 world reacts to the end of the Ecclestone era

Bernie Ecclestone, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel

2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg: “Bernie, mega job! But a change has been overdue. Mr. Carey, all the best in making our sport awesome again.”

F1 driver-turned-commentator Martin Brundle: “He was the circus master. He was in charge and sometimes you need a sport to be run like that. It was his way or the highway. He might not be very tall but he was certainly feared in the paddock … and we all did extremely well hanging on to his shirt-tails.”

New Chief Executive Chase Carey: “The sport is what it is today because of him… and he will always be part of the F1 family.”

McLaren Executive Director Zak Brow: “Formula One wouldn’t be the international sporting power-house that it is today without the truly enormous contribution made over the past half-century by Bernie Ecclestone.”

1996 F1 World Champion Damon Hill: “If you’ve had a career as a professional racing driver in the last 40 years, your career would have been affected to lesser or greater degrees by the man they simply call, ‘Bernie’.”

Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean: “Thank you Bernie and welcome Liberty Media! Let’s the new era begin.”

Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa: “Thank you Bernie and welcome Liberty Media. Hope F1 gets better and better.”