As expected, Bernie Ecclestone's comments regarding the leadership skills of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein have received short shrift from his bosses at F1 owners CVC Capital Partners.
The man widely regarded as having brought F1 out of the dark ages and into its current commercial self admits that he made a 'foolish' error of judgement in praising the dictators amid an attack on today's politicians brought about by the ongoing leadership struggle in F1 itself see story HERE
] and, despite apologising see story HERE
], has been waiting for CVC to offer some sort of response.
The company, which took control of the sport several years ago, is headed up by several members of the Jewish community, making Ecclestone's comments particularly unsavoury, but its comeback has been slow.
Donald Mackenzie, the man with whom Ecclestone conducted the sale of F1, has already confirmed that there was 'no question' of the sport's ringmaster being asked to step down from his role, but that has not stopped Sir Martin Sorrell, who serves on the CVC board, from launching a belated attack on Ecclestone's outburst, and claiming that he is fortunate to still be part of the company. Britain's Daily Mail
newspaper believes that Sorrell and other board members had proposed reducing Ecclestone to an honorary role in place of his current position as chief executive
"I am appalled by what he said about Hitler," Sorrell said, "His comments were disgusting. He issued a full apology after taking advice, [but] any other CEO in any other business would be gone."
Sorrell, a multi-millionaire Jewish advertising and marketing guru, apparently advised Ecclestone not to travel to the Nurburgring for last weekend's German Grand Prix - advice that was ignored, with the former Brabham team owner insisting that he would remain at the head of F1 for the foreseeable future.
With Sorrell's condemnation perhaps tempered by suggestions that an ousted Ecclestone could join forces with teams' organisation FOTA and head a breakaway rival to F1 [see story HERE
], the diminutive 78-year old remained Tuesday [14 July] by predicting a new peace in F1 after the rumbling leadership row threatened to escalate again over the Nurburgring weekend [see story HERE