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Horner backs Ecclestone, 'hopes he goes on for a long time'

Christian Horner: So long as Bernie is able to run the business, then he is absolutely the right guy to be running it. It's as simple as that. And he has the full backing of the shareholders of Formula One...
Red Bull Racing team principal, Christian Horner has said he is 'sure' F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone remains 'fully focused' despite the 82-year-old's well-publicised 'issues' away from the track.

Ecclestone was formally indicted by prosecutors in Germany investigating allegations of bribery last month, and he also looks set to face a court case in the UK this October after German media group Constantin Medien filed a claim for damages of at least $171m amid allegations that the stake in the sport held by BayernLB was undervalued when it was sold to CVC in 2006.

Horner, however, has insisted that Bernie has the 'full backing' of the shareholders in F1 and that the sport would be 'unimaginable' without him.

“It's obviously very difficult for us to judge the issues [Ecclestone] is currently dealing with, but I'm sure he is fully focused,” Horner confirmed in a report in British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph.

“So long as Bernie is able to run the business, then he is absolutely the right guy to be running it. It's as simple as that. And he has the full backing of the shareholders of Formula One.

“Bernie is a unique individual who has run F1 tremendously successfully for the last 40 or 45 years,” Horner added. “The business, as it is today, is because of the way he has run it and operated it. It is unimaginable for him not to be there.”

Horner has been suggested as a possible successor when Ecclestone does step down, yet when asked about such rumours, he was clear in his response.

“No [I haven't been sounded out about it], not at all,” he replied. “I'm fully focused on what I'm doing.

"Bernie is a remarkable guy, and I doubt he has given much thought to succession to be honest with you because he is focused on the here and now, which is where the issues tend to be. I hope he goes on for a long time to come.”



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21.04.2013- Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director and Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
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elijah

August 07, 2013 1:13 PM

CallMeMrCynical , you're as young as the woman you're feeling. That means Bernie is only 36, and clearly has no diminished motivation. The only thing he has to worry about is the courts. If Lady Justice rubs him the wrong way, he may just quit. He's tough, is daring and has been good for Formula One. I want him around as long as possible. He is a Great Britain.

130R

August 07, 2013 11:43 PM
Last Edited 497 days ago

No offence intended, but all the negative comments about Bernie go only as far back as Max Mosley. No one speaks of Balestre's reign at the FIA helm and how he was an arrogant fart who intimidated those that had anything negative to say about him or how he ran the FIA. He did good things, but he too was no saint - such was Mosley. Corruption of F1 has a far lengthier tenure than Mosley ... with Bernie making money all along the way. One of my favourite pics is of Bernie's 80th birthday, RB gave him a walker and while posing with Sebastian, Bernie gave the crowd the finger. This is a man that has no intent of willfully stepping down ........... He's ruthless in every way - but what story doesn't need a villain?



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