Former Formula One Supremo isn’t quite happy with the way the transition of power is going – and maybe even a little envious.
The saga of Bernie Ecclestone continues to grow even as the corporate takeover of Formula One by Liberty Media nears its conclusion. The former F1 supremo and man largely responsible for building Formula One inTO what it is today says that recent developments between himself and Liberty Media have made him just a bit crabby:
“I can’t do anything. Even the staff have been told they shouldn’t talk to me. They want to get rid of the Bernie era: ‘Let’s get rid of Bernie’s history.’
They always say the same thing, they probably think it makes me happy but it doesn’t: ‘He has done a super job but we have to move on’, and they may be right.” – Bernie Ecclestone
Ecclestone official stepped down as CEO of Formula One months ago, but it appears that the clause about him retaining any sort of decision-making power will be thrown to the wind. It seems a little underhanded on the behalf of Liberty Media if what Bernie says it’s true. Then again, it could all be just an attempt to continue buzz circulating around him for as long as he can sustain it further. In any case, Bernie seems a little burnt that Liberty Media didn’t uphold their end of the agreement:
“Was I annoyed when Liberty asked me to step down? No – the way I look at it, if somebody buys a car, they want to drive it.
I was a little disappointed because I was asked before they took over, would I stay here for three years if they took over – and I said, provided I was fit and competent, yes, I would.
So I was a bit surprised the day after they completed the deal that I was asked to stand down because Chase wanted to be chief executive.” – Bernie Ecclestone
Liberty Media has yet to respond to Ecclestone’s comments. It’s surprising to see a man of such stature, who has been at the top of the pyramid for an unprecedented amount of time attempt to play the victim. It almost encapsulates the reason he has been removed. Why should a fan of F1 share remorse in the slagging match between privileged members of one of the wealthiest boards in world sport? Ecclestone’s legacy in the sport can’t be undone and will stand, but it’s too far gone to start fishing for likes Mr.E.