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Ecclestone: No logic to breakaway

Bernie Ecclestone has said he saw no logic to the plans by FOTA earlier this season to launch a breakway series to rival F1.

While the threat of a rival series has now passed with the signing of an extended Concorde Agreement, the proposed breakaway had threatened to tear the sport apart – with FOTA insisting it would go it alone rather than re-sign with Ecclestone and the FIA following disagreements over how the sport was run.

Reflecting on the situation in an interview with Singapore's Today newspaper, Ecclestone admitted there was no logic to the proposed plans and said the team's had simply got carried away in their battle with the governing body.

“This business is built now and it is easier to do what we are doing rather than start something again,” he said. “I wouldn't want to start a series in opposition to Formula 1, for sure.

“There is no real reason for it, there is no logic in it. Just as I said to people, those who wanted to break away must have been carried away. The trouble is they are more the corporate types. This isn't a corporate business, it is an entrepreneur business.”

Ecclestone did admit however that had the plans gone through, he would have walked away from the sport.

“There wouldn't be any point in staying if it collapses, would it?” he said. “I probably think it's not worth the effort rebuilding it.

“I've got enough energy to do many, many other things and that is what I would be doing.”

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August 14, 2009 10:55 PM

The breakaway was good for nothing, because it had nothing to do wit FOTA. Realise something matey, it was your stupidity that lost one of the best GP's in the world, one that the drivers loved, as much as the fans. There is only so much interest in the middle east..... The money, sorry your money. Stop being such a twa't and realise you made a mistake. You are older than most, you have done great for F1 in the past..... Now accept that you have made mistakes, and let us all get on with good, close racing, in european circuits....where the fans are. Common scense is all you need to use....... All circuits are gd, but use some scense....Where do wee all watch............ :? :? :? :?


August 14, 2009 6:14 PM

FOTA got rid of Max. Got more money from Bernie. Said no to medals and two tier and a bunch of other bogus ideas. If Bernie and Max did not bend then there would be another series. So Bernie it was you that used the logic that FOTA was about to take control of the whole show. So do not act like it was stupid. It cost you plenty to keep it.

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