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F1 new owners Liberty Media ‘doing everything wrong’ – Ecclestone

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Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has lashed out at the sport’s new owners Liberty Media.

The 87-year-old said last week that he strongly disagrees with Liberty’s decision to ban grid girls.

But he has now told Sonntagsblick newspaper: “So far I have not seen a single thing that makes sense.

“They are doing almost everything wrong,” Ecclestone charged.

One theory is that Liberty – whose F1 operations are being run by Chase Carey, Ross Brawn and Sean Bratches – is making a deliberate effort to erase the entire Ecclestone legacy.

“That’s the way it appears,” Ecclestone agreed.

Grid girls did nothing harmful to anybody

Ecclestone said in an interview with Sky News: “These girls did nothing harmful to anybody. They were smartly dressed. We might as well say we don’t want people to go to a fashion show because, basically, that’s what happened.

“Sponsors wanted to see the people that represented them very smartly dressed, which is what they did. I thought people enjoyed seeing the girls and they were necessary really because when a driver wants to get on to the grid it’s much better and easier for them to know their place where they need to stop.”

Bernie also talked of the commercial benefits to the sport, adding: “We used to charge the sponsors for allowing them to have their girls on the grid dressed really nice, so people would take notice of them. I don’t remember any of the girls being forced to do any of these things.”

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