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Bernie: 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'
F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has re-iterated that even as he approaches the grand old age of 80 later this year, he has no plans to retire from arguably the most influential position in the sport – reasoning that solving problems is his lifeblood.

Ecclestone has ruled the commercial side of F1 with an iron fist since the late 1970s when – having already established himself as a successful team owner at Brabham – he became chief executive of the Formula One Constructors' Association (FOCA), shortly after which he artfully negotiated for FOCA to be delegated the rights to deal with the sport's lucrative television contracts.

The British billionaire subsequently set up Formula One Management (FOM), and has been credited with taking F1 to new countries and new continents, with the likes of Bahrain, China, Turkey, Singapore and Abu Dhabi all having given the annual calendar a more Asian and Middle Eastern flavour in recent years, with Korea similarly set to join the fold in October, the volatile political situation permitting.

Despite long-time friend, ally and business partner Max Mosley having stepped down from his position of FIA President late last year – at some ten years Ecclestone's junior – his elder countryman has again confirmed that he will not be going anywhere until they cart him away.

“I cannot stop,” he told German Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag. “For me, to retire means to die. When I wake up in the morning and have no more problems or nothing more to worry about, then it will be no longer worth waking up.”

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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.

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