F1 » Ecclestone to be replaced by Sainsbury's boss?

New name enters fray as speculation about Bernie Ecclestone's future continues...

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jim crint - Unregistered

April 01, 2013 4:16 PM

Oh brilliant! That would be just great, wouldn't it? One of the most popular sports in the world having commercial decisions taken by the ex-boss of a supermarket chain, with no history of involvement in motor-sport!!

I really do hope that it's an April Fools joke. But then again, F1 has been run by an Aprils Fools joke these past 30 years. Except it's not been a very funny joke, watching one individual becoming a billionaire on the back of a sport that was not his creation.

Mind you, if this Sainsbury's guy did take over, I wonder how many nectar points you'd get for the entire Silverstone weekend?

cobalt - Unregistered

April 01, 2013 5:30 PM

Bernie is ambarasing, he knows he can get away with anything, lying, cheating, tax evasion etc and now his message is do what I do. As he represents F1 it SHOUTS that F1 is a very corrupt organisation. Any dishonesty is OK, you will get a pat in a back if you cheat. That is being clever. Any other sport is fighting result fixing and all forms of dishonesty but Bernie and F1 promote it!

Texas Roadhouse

April 01, 2013 6:10 PM

I wonder how many of those who slag off BE were following F1 before he took it over and made it into a properly run sport/business. Before he took control, it was so totally disorganised, with FISA/Balestre mis-managing - a bunch of "blazers".
It seems to be a common theme with ultra-successful businessmen (or women) to be targets for abuse - which is usually little more than jealousy - try Bill Gates or (Sir) Richard Branson. He's not perfect, but F1 would very likely still be the relatively minor sport that it was in the 50's and 60's had it not been for BE's involvement.

highwayman - Unregistered

April 01, 2013 7:34 PM

Whoever follows in Bernie's footsteps is going to have to learn to "get up earlier in the morning"
His skills will have to be based on sheer cunning and deviousness and skin like a Rhino in order for F1 to survive. I hope they choose the right person for the sake of the sport!!!

Jay - Unregistered

April 01, 2013 11:37 PM

@texas: I liken it to Al Davis in the NFL (for those that don't know he was the eccentric old man owner of an American Football team before he somewhat recently died).

Bernie has done a lot of good for F1, but it just seems he is way past his prime and keeps doing and saying things he probably shouldn't.

equator180 - Unregistered

April 01, 2013 11:39 PM

The truth of the matter is Bernie has done a globally recognizable job in the promotion of F1 and few can deny this. However, things, even good things have to be passed along, he is 82 with signs of his age showing up in every interview he does and chances are the German government are going to come knocking on Mr. E's door, soon. It only stands to reason it is now more than ever time for the reins of this great sport to be handed over to a successor, thank you Bernie, take a bow, exit.

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