F1 » Ecclestone: To retire means to die

Only a matter of months after long-time business partner Max Mosley stepped down from the FIA Presidency and as he approaches his 80th birthday, F1 commercial rights supremo Bernie Ecclestone has insisted he 'cannot stop'

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Vipera - Unregistered

June 21, 2010 10:40 AM

I don't want him to die, but I want him to retire. And take the idiot Tilke-tracks with him. I want him to see that what he has destroyed, will be built up again.

What does that mean?

Forget races in Asia where (except some rich men and oil sheiks) no one is interested in F1. It is nonsense that Bahrein and Abu Dhabi can have F1, but France does not have.
Bring back good old and NON-Tilke tracks, like OLD Hockenheim, A1 Ring, and with a promise that the best tracks:Monza, Spa, Monaco and Montreal will never get out of calendar.
Forget STREET circuits! Monaco should be the only one.
Make tickets cheaper.

Summa summarum: F1 should be like it was in the 90. European-based with old circuits.


June 21, 2010 1:47 PM

This is unfortunate news his thinking is dated and is ruining the sport. I honestly feel he does more damage then good and his goal is not the success of F1 but how much money he can put in his pocket. The reason he goes to Asia and the middle east is because they pay his exorbitant fees. He has no concern about fan base it's the almighty dollar that motivates him. Perhaps his successor will actually give money to the teams.

cknopp - Unregistered

June 21, 2010 4:06 PM

I think that some people need to accept the fact that F1 is what it is today BECAUSE of Bernie.

Inflation corrected, how much money was invested into F1 pre-FOM, and how much now? Ignorant people may like to blame Bernie for the woes of F1, but he has done much more good than bad.

Those that say that he is BAD for F1, please state OBJECTIVE facts to support this. If not, your uneducated opinion means nothing, and that is how real F1 fans look at it.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

June 21, 2010 4:15 PM

I agree with cknopp, who knows where F1 would be without Bernie. He's a businessman, doesn't really give a stuff what INDIVIDUALS think or want, but I believe he is a racer at heart and if he's become a billionaire on the back of giving me free-to-air F1, well thanks mate and enjoy it.

Regarding Tilke-rings and alternatives to, someone mentioned the old Hockenheim, well I believe it was the German govt that decreed the track should be shortened, against Bernies wishes, and I also believe that Bernie SAVED Monza from being dropped from the calendar a few years ago by paying for 50 mature oak trees to be transplanted elsewhere within the Royal park

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