Bernie Ecclestone was taken to hospital after being mugged in London on Wednesday.
Bernie Ecclestone, the most powerful man in Formula 1, turn 80 years old today.
He’s been a racing driver, a manager and a team owner. But above all it’s in his role as president of Formula One Management that he exerts far-reaching influence over F1.
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he was on the verge of cancelling the Korean Grand Prix last month due to the late-running construction work. Speaking to The Guardian he said: It’s done now. It’s all right. Last month I didn’t think it would be finished. And it would have been cancelled then ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ for sure. But … Continue reading Ecclestone came close to cancelling Korea
Bernie Ecclestone has announced a new deal to boost the sport with financial services company UBS to become a global sponsorship partner of Formula One. The agreement follows a comprehensive evaluation by UBS of worldwide sponsorship opportunities. The company decided that F1 offered the best opportunity to fulfil its desire for global reach and brand … Continue reading Ecclestone signs sponsorship deal with UBS
Virgin boss Richard Branson has overtaken Bernie Ecclestone to become the richest Briton in F1, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Branson’s personal wealth has been estimated at ?é?ú2.6bn this year, up ?é?ú1.4bn from last year as the end of the credit crunch has boosted Virgin’s revenues. He is 18th on the list. Eccletone, … Continue reading Branson heads Ecclestone on Rich List
Bernie Ecclestone’s comments to La Gazzetta dello Sport about wanting to hold a New York Grand Prix in 2012 are an encouraging sign that he hasn’t forgotten the need for F1 to have a race in the USA. He’s been pursuing his dream of a race in the Big Apple for four decades. But I … Continue reading Ecclestone still chasing New York dream
Bernie Ecclestone’s contribution to the debate over what should be done to improve racing in F1 is another one of his wind-ups: Imagine a shortcut which a driver can use five times every race. It would stop people getting stuck behind others. It would be good for TV. Bernie Ecclestone We’ve had similar ‘ideas’ from … Continue reading Shortcuts on F1 tracks? Bernie Ecclestone’s winding everyone up again
Bernie Ecclestone is not above making a wry joke with his annual Christmas cards and this year is no exception. His cartoon card features the team bosses waving goodbye to Max Mosley. Meanwhile Flavio Briatore – depicted aboard a pirate rowboat – takes aim at his yacht with a harpoon.
Silverstone has been given a new deadline of December 11th to get a deal in place to hold the British Grand Prix. Bernie Ecclestone had previously given the circuit until November 7th to sign a contract but, not for the first time in his negotiations over the 2010 British Grand Prix, the critical date has … Continue reading Silverstone gets new Grand Prix deadline
Bernie Ecclestone faces sharp criticism from F1 owners CVC for the second time this year. CVC Capital Partners board member Martin Sorrell gave the following quote to the Daily Mail following Ecclestone’s words of support for disgraced former Renault boss Flavio Briatore: First, we had Hitler did good, now we have cheating is acceptable. Where … Continue reading CVC boss slams Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone has changed his mind on the future of the British Grand Prix yet again. To recap, he started the year saying there was no way the 2010 race would be held anywhere other then Donington Park. He later suggested in an interview with The Times that this wasn’t the case, and then took … Continue reading Ecclestone wants Donington Park and Silverstone to share British Grand Prix
Fresh evidence of the failures of the status quo in Formula 1 have emerged over the past few days. Whether it?óÔé¼Ôäós the rumours about Max Mosley?óÔé¼Ôäós close ally Alan Donnelly?óÔé¼Ôäós involvement with Manor, claims the prospective 2010 entrants were denied a slot unless they elected to use Cosworth power, or Bernie Ecclestone praising Adolf Hitler, … Continue reading Ecclestone & Mosley under fire (updated)
As revealed on Friday, Ferrari today are attempting to prosecute the FIA in the French courts for, they claim, breaking the terms of their now-infamous 2005 agreement. The outcome of the trial could be crucial for the future of the sport, but most likely it will prove just another chapter in the latest F1 row … Continue reading Ferrari to present case against FIA
Those who blame the world’s wealthiest people for the financial crisis will get a does of schadenfreude from this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, as many have had billions wiped from their fortunes. F1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has seen his wealth slashed for an entirely different reason – his divorce from wife Slavica. On a … Continue reading Ecclestone tops Britain’s F1 rich list but sees wealth slashed by costly divorce
Bernie Ecclestone has hit back at the F1 teams after seeing his plans for a ‘most wins’ based championship system fail: That?óÔé¼Ôäós the problem with democracy. These teams couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót agree with themselves let alone each other. The simple fact is that because the sporting regs are out the FIA cannot do anything for now, but … Continue reading Ecclestone hits back at teams over rules
A fearsome battle is brewing in F1 between Bernie Ecclestone – the man who has the biggest say in where money goes in the sport – and the teams, who want a bigger slice of F1’s revenues. Money is always a hot topic in F1 as too little of the enormous revenues the sport generated … Continue reading Where the money goes in F1
Bernie Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós plan to replace the F1 points system with the awarding of ?óÔé¼?£medals?óÔé¼Ôäó for winners has been widely received as a bad idea. Today the FIA waded into the argument by publishing some research. Their effort shows much the same lack of care and consideration that Ecclestone put his idea forward with. Titled ?óÔé¼?ôThe … Continue reading The FIA ?óÔé¼?£analysis?óÔé¼Ôäó of Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós medals proposal is flawed and irrelevant
The Times put together a Sporting Power 100 over the last six weeks. Six names made it onto the list, which focussed on “most influential people today in British sport.” Who made the list and, just as important, who didn’t?
Bernie Ecclestone has changed his approach in his ongoing row with the Formula 1 Teams’ Assoication over the distribution of money in F1. When Ferrari and FOTA boss Luca di Montezemolo first pressed Ecclestone to incresae the share of money the teams received, Ecclestone’s response was to try to embarrass Montezemolo by publicly reminding him … Continue reading KERS and the argument over costs
Sir Jackie Stewart’s interview in yesterday’s Times, spread across the inside back pages, is a must-read. Stewart’s criticism of Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley’s governance of Formula 1 is as rational as it is critical. His message is simple – they have stayed too long, they must be replaced – and it’s entirely persuasive. But … Continue reading Jackie Stewart’s criticism is persuasive but he can offer more than words