Connect with us

Bernie Ecclestone

No extra security for Ecclestone in Brazil



Bernie Ecclestone and his wife Fabiana Flosi

Bernie Ecclestone and his wife Fabiana Flosi

Bernie Ecclestone insists he has no fear for his personal security ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian grand prix.

Earlier this year, the mother of the F1 supremo’s Brazilian wife was kidnapped and threatened with beheading by a group linked with a helicopter pilot who formerly worked with Ecclestone.

So when asked if he is worried as he returns to Sao Paulo for the grand prix, the 86-year-old insisted: “I’m not afraid. Why should I be?

“In the last eight years, this was one of the biggest abductions,” Ecclestone told the German newspaper Bild. “Brazil is not as dangerous as many people think.”

In fact, the Briton revealed he is not planning to implement any extra security measures for his travels in the sprawling metropolis this week.

“No,” said Ecclestone. “There’s no need to be frightened or worried.”

Bild also asked Ecclestone about reports some drivers are calling for the return of gravel traps in F1, to stop cars from cutting corners.

“We walked away from gravel because then you have trucks and cranes on the track removing cars that are stuck,” he said.

And he also played down claims that Sebastian Vettel can be a Michael Schumacher-like figure for Ferrari, amid the Italian team’s current crisis.

“No,” said Bernie. “He does not have the charisma and power that Michael did. Vettel is not Michael. He was special.”

Finally, Ecclestone eased the fears of German F1 fans who worry that F1’s new owner Liberty might take the sport off free-to-air television.

“No,” he said. “RTL will get formula one again for the next three years.”

But he warned that the future of the uncertain German grand prix is another matter entirely.

“The organiser, whether it’s Hockenheim or the Nurburgring, can’t even pay a strongly reduced fee,” said Ecclestone.

“It’s not fair on the other organisers in Europe if we make an exception for them. Maybe it’s the Germans who do not like formula one,” he added.



Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2018 F13 days ago

Can Red Bull Challenge Mercedes And Ferrari?

24SharesSo, things didn’t exactly go to plan for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone as the Brit made a disastrous...

2018 F13 days ago

Liberty working on securing future of British GP – Brawn

5SharesRoss Brawn says Liberty Media is working on securing the future of the British grand prix. Silverstone owner the BRDC...

2018 F13 days ago

Grosjean form ‘unacceptable’ – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner says a “critical moment” could come amid his patience with struggling Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Frenchman Grosjean has...

2018 F13 days ago

No ‘negotiations’ with Raikkonen yet – McLaren

35Shares Zak Brown says McLaren has not yet opened contract talks with former team driver Kimi Raikkonen. It is rumoured in...

2018 F13 days ago

Wolff wants Hamilton beyond 2020

657SharesToto Wolff has revealed he wants to keep Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes even beyond 2020. Although not yet announced, it...

2018 F14 days ago

Renault engine power deficit a bigger problem – Verstappen

5SharesMax Verstappen says Red Bull’s title chances have taken a dive. Although the Dutchman won in Austria, he says at...

2018 F15 days ago

Ricciardo admits 2019 Red Bull contract ‘likely’

1ShareDaniel Ricciardo now says it is “likely” he will stay at Red Bull in 2019. Earlier, the Red Bull driver...

2018 F15 days ago

Alonso no fan of proposed expand points system

44SharesFernando Alonso says he is not sure changing the points system is a good move for F1. Over the British...

2018 F16 days ago

Renault felt like F2 engine – Verstappen

105SharesMax Verstappen says he feels as though he has been relegated to Formula 2. In the Honda era, Fernando Alonso...

2018 F16 days ago

Rosberg reveals what difference at Ferrari engine

1Share2016 F1 world champion Nico Rosberg says the engine is what is making the difference at Ferrari this year. The...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media