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.”