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Bernie Ecclestone hits back after Carey jibe

  • Published on 05 May 2017 12:36
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Bernie Ecclestone has hit back at the claim that he presided over an era of saying "no". After decades in charge of formula one, the 86-year-old was ousted by Liberty Media as the American company took over.

Chase Carey, his successor, said this week that Ecclestone "said no" too often. "I want to say 'yes' a whole lot more. We felt it was a sport that, for the last five or six years, had not been managed to its full potential," he charged.

F1's hands-off 'chairman emeritus' Ecclestone, however, hit back. "The only reason I ever said no to anything is if I thought it wasn't a very good thing to do or didn't produce any income," he is quoted by the Sun newspaper.

"I had to make sure we got the maximum financially we could for the company to make it interesting to buy, which is what happened. The bottom line is, we will have to see whether the new owners are right or not," Ecclestone added. (GMM)

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  • ianf1

    Posts: 185

    Please, just go away and keep quiet

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    • May 5 2017 - 12:46
  • "I had to make sure I got the maximum financially I could from the company." There, I fixed the statement to reflect Ecclestone a bit better.

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    • May 5 2017 - 14:39
    • Bhurt

      Posts: 320

      So you're saying he was extremely good at his job? I agree.

      • + 0
      • May 5 2017 - 20:18
    • Depends on what you mean by job, but if your definition of job is "milking F1 of as much cash as possible", then yes, he was no doubt excelling at his job.

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      • May 6 2017 - 10:04
    • Bhurt

      Posts: 320

      I'm pretty sure he made his employers quite a lot of money over the years. And I'm pretty sure that was his job.

      Besides, anyone who gets Mclarenfan1968 butthurt is alright with me. I should change my name to MONISHAFAN1968.

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      • May 6 2017 - 21:32
    • Well, he certainly did, and mostly he himself, in particular, profitted from it, but he usually did it at the expense of the tracks hosting the races. Nürburg and Monza, to just mention two, and Silverstone has seen better days, in terms of financing F1 races. As the head of the commercial bits of F1, killing off or crippling some of the more attractive venues isnt something I personally would count as a success. Not to say he was lousy, but as of now, I think F1 is better off without him. Purely my opinion though.

      Well, that hobby of yours do fit your profile name perfectly. ;) Must admit Im not a fan of Kaltenborn either (the little I know of her). For an example: I dont think her actions in the Van de Garde-business was okay.

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      • May 6 2017 - 22:18
    • LOL look at this pathetic little twat BHURT (aka BUTTHURT), I've gotten under its skin real good. Aww yiss.

      Imitation is the highest form of flattery, remember that pleb XD

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      • May 7 2017 - 13:44
  • This pos needs to die already. A resource drain on the planet.

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    • May 6 2017 - 16:15

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