“Bernie has managed the commercial side of the sport for years with great success,” he pointed out, “He brings the tracks, the organisers, the TV stations… he keeps F1 alive commercially. It's certainly not his fault that the teams live beyond their means. On the contrary: without him, the sport would look bleak.”
Mosley's views were echoed by former Ferrari
favourite Gerhard Berger, who laments the passing of the Mosley-Ecclestone alliance that he believes kept F1 on the right path.
"In F1, the old adage 'too many cooks spoil the broth' is more and more true,” the Austrian told Bild am Sonntag
, "Previously, Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone worked as a unit but, today, we have, in Jean Todt and Ecclestone, two chefs who have different tastes and different spices. This leads us to something that is expensive and also difficult for many of the fans to understand."
Like Mosley, Berger is a fan of what Ecclestone has done with the sport, but fears that a lot could change in a short period of time.
“He has led this sport for decades with perfection, vision, cunning and hard work to great success, for which we all have to thank him," the FIA's single-seater commissioner commented, "As long as he is fit, there is no one better, but F1 is owned by CVC, who would normally hang on to an investment for up to ten years. And that time is basically up...”