Ross Brawn: I didn’t Force Bernie Out

Formula One’s Motorsport Managing Director Ross Brawn admits that he could not work with Bernie, but claims that he did not oust him.

Sometimes, no matter what you try, you just can’t get on with folk. Sometimes, these folks are arguably solely responsible for taking a fledging Motorsport known as Formula One and blowing it up to international levels of fame. At least, that’s how it was with long-standing Formula One Supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

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The imprint that Ecclestone left on the world of Formula One is evident in all areas of the sport. The Formula One of today would certainly not be what it is today – for good and for bad.

Ecclestone was often seen as a larger-than-life personality out on the paddock, and one that inspired equal parts admiration and revolt. He often had the last say in many matters, and was famous for being difficult to dissuade once he’d set his mind to something. As such, under the acquisition of Formula One by Liberty Media, Bernie was quickly and suddenly deposed – to be replaced by now-acting CEO Chase Carey.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 30:  Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP is seen with his Team Principal Ross Brawn before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on May 30, 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Hoch Zwei/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – MAY 30: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP is seen with his Team Principal Ross Brawn before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on May 30, 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Hoch Zwei/Getty Images)

Bernie himself had admitted shock at the decision, but now it appears that there were more members of the new organization that found Ecclestone notoriously difficult to work with. In recent comments, the Motorsport Managing Director for Formula One, Ross Brawn, shared his thoughts regarding Ecclestone as a co-worker and his subsequent removal:

“It would have been very entertaining to work with Bernie. It wasn’t impossible, but Bernie has done things in his own way over the years, and very effectively.

But I’ve never seen Bernie with any serious partners, certainly not in terms of running the business.

Bernie was very adept to a reactive approach; mine is the opposite, I want to have a planned and a long-term approach. I mean, I couldn’t work with Bernie, but I never made that a condition.” – Ross Brawn

KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 21: Bernie Ecclestone and former Formula One champion Niki Lauda drive with a snowmobile on a slope in Kitzbuehel before the KitzCharityTrophy on January 21, 2017 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images)
KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA – JANUARY 21: Bernie Ecclestone and former Formula One champion Niki Lauda drive with a snowmobile on a slope in Kitzbuehel before the KitzCharityTrophy on January 21, 2017 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images)

Brawn and Liberty Media have certainly not been shy about the fact that they have every intention of taking the sport in a new direction. Whether or not the FIA will play ball with them the same way that they did with Ecclestone is something that still remains up in the air.

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