Connect with us

Bernie Ecclestone

Liberty Media making F1 TV broadcasters ‘unsettled’ – Bernie

Published

on

Bernie Ecclestone has questioned his successor’s apparent ‘all change’ approach to running F1.

With the Liberty Media takeover, long-time F1 supremo Ecclestone, 86, was replaced as chief executive by Chase Carey and two deputies.

On the fact that three men are now doing the former work of one, Ecclestone told Blick newspaper: “That is almost a compliment. But it’s now a completely different way of thinking and working.”

For one thing, chief Carey has not been shy to criticise Ecclestone’s formerly dictatorial style.

“I have to live with that (criticism),” Ecclestone said.

“Maybe I should have changed more things,” he added, “as the Americans seem to now be about changing everything.

“For me it was always clear: I wanted to run Formula One Management so that it makes a profit for the shareholders. And in the end, the shares were so high that this was the reason it was purchased by the Liberty group.”

When asked what his relationship with Carey is like today, Ecclestone answered: “Well, he doesn’t need me. He says he knows what he is doing.

“And he has surrounded himself with people who also claim to know what they are doing,” he added.

Recently, Ecclestone criticised the new regime’s focus on social media, and now he says all that free content is upsetting the TV broadcasters.

“A lot of the TV stations are unsettled and annoyed,” he claimed.

Asked if that’s a problem, Ecclestone said: “Yes. We have contracts with these stations which are very exclusive.

“But right now it looks like you can get formula one without paying anything.”

Ecclestone was also always opposed to working with Ross Brawn, who is now Carey’s sporting deputy.

The Briton said: “Ross never had an insight into our business. He worked as an engineer with Flavio Briatore at Benetton. Then he went to Ferrari, and I don’t want to talk about how he later ran his team.

“But he does not have the big picture of politics and commercial processes,” Ecclestone insisted.

However, he also says Brawn is “not an idiot”, and agrees that F1 is still able to thrive and succeed in the new era.

“And I will be the first to congratulate those responsible,” said Ecclestone. “But it is not there yet.”

When asked what advice he would give Carey, Brawn and co, he answered: “Why should I recommend anything to these gentlemen? They have different views, as I said before.”

But Ecclestone said he always argued against the unpopular ‘power unit’ engines, and said the faster cars of 2017 were his idea.

When told that the races in 2017 have been exciting so far, Ecclestone said: “Right, but that had nothing to do with the new leadership.

“Two years ago I decided to go for a new regulation. With wider tyres and wider cars. This has changed the situation for the better.”

Finally, Ecclestone said he still goes to work every day. “I go to my office very early, and often leave very late. I keep my rhythm.”

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2019 F11 day ago

Bratches admits China could get second F1 race

F1’s owner Liberty Media has admitted it could add a second race in China to the calendar. In Shanghai last...

2019 F12 days ago

Mercedes beating Ferrari nothing new – Briatore

Flavio Briatore is not surprised that Ferrari is struggling to beat Mercedes in 2019. The Maranello team began the year...

2019 F12 days ago

Ferrari working on rear wing fix – Binotto

Ferrari is already working to fix the issues that have dropped the Italian team behind Mercedes in 2019. After early...

2019 F12 days ago

Carey inspects 2020 Hanoi GP site

F1 chief executive Chase Carey travelled straight from China to Vietnam to check out the scene of the Hanoi street...

2019 F12 days ago

Raikkonen leading the B league – Zehnder

Alfa Romeo team manager Beat Zehnder says it is “a pleasure” to be working once again with Kimi Raikkonen. The...

2019 F12 days ago

Red Bull to get new Honda engine in Baku

Just a few races into the long 2019 season, Honda is already preparing to introduce an upgrade for its engine....

2019 F12 days ago

Nothing fundamentally wrong with car – Vettel

Just three races into yet another promising season for Ferrari, the Italian press has declared that the great Maranello team...

2019 F13 days ago

No more race victory target in 2019 – Horner

After three races in 2019, Red Bull no longer has a target for the number of race wins. Prior to...

2019 F13 days ago

Budget caps will not help F1 – Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve says a budget cap is the wrong direction for F1. With support from the FIA and many teams,...

2019 F13 days ago

Williams no longer a racing team – Villeneuve

Williams’ problems can be traced back to the decision to float on the stock exchange. That is the view of...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com 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.

References
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