‘Carey should try to run F1 properly’

Michelle Foster


Formula 1 needs to have “another used car dealer” in charge with Bernie Ecclestone saying Chase Carey is not up to the job.

Ecclestone sold Formula 1 to Liberty Media in 2016 with the Brit removed from his position as F1 supremo when the £6.4bn takeover of the sport was complete in January 2017.

Although he stayed on in an honourary position, Liberty Media recently confirmed that expired in January 2020 and Ecclestone now has nothing official to do with Formula 1.

The Brit has hit back, taking a swipe as his successor Carey.

According to 89-year-old Ecclestone, Carey is not the right man to have in charge of Formula 1, and neither is F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn.

He told the Daily Mail: “Chase should try to run the company properly.

“A problem for him is that he has never before been in a position of running something where he has his money invested.

“When I was running things, we had a look at who could take over if I got knocked over or died. We tried to find people. But what we needed was another used car dealer.

“A dealer — that’s what Chase isn’t. They could have had Chase involved for sure, but they needed a dealer in there.

“Not Ross Brawn — he’s not a dealer — as No 2 Ross is a friend, but you need someone who can handle all the different things.”

Ecclestone also took the time to once again weigh in on this year’s Formula 1 championship.

The season will finally get underway this weekend with the first of two races at the Red Bull Ring before moving onto the Hungaroring.

However, only eight races have been confirmed with Carey hard at work trying to bring that number up to 15.

Ecclestone says even that Carey is doing wrong.

“I would have gone with eight races, enough for a world championship, then looked to next year,” he said.

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