A new eight-part docuseries based on the life and career of F1’s former ‘ringmaster’ Bernie Ecclestone is in the pipeline.
Titled ‘Lucky!’, the series will be written and directed by Manish Pandey, who produced the Senna documentary released in 2010.
Extensive filming with Ecclestone, 90, took place at his home in Switzerland through lockdown.
The series will tell the story from Ecclestone’s birth in Suffolk, through his time as a car dealer and briefly racing driver before going on to become owner of the Brabham team and one of the most famous figures in Formula 1.
“This is the first time I’ve trusted anyone to tell my story and the story of Formula 1, and Manish is the only storyteller and director who I believe can bring these to the screen,” said Ecclestone, quoted by Motorsport.com.
“And he isn’t just a great storyteller, he’s also a great fan. He’s been watching Formula 1 since he could walk and his knowledge of the world and its ‘movers and shakers’ is encyclopaedic and his passion unsurpassed.”
The docuseries is set to include Ecclestone “revealing his life story and the story of the birth, growth and phenomenal success of Formula 1”, enjoying “unprecedented archive from Formula 1 Management”.
Pandey said: “Bernie has been able to reflect not just on his days as one of the greatest sporting impresarios of all time, but also on his life.
“In his 90 years, he has travelled the world and met everyone who is anyone, yet he remains incredibly personable and immensely funny. It is a joy to tell his extraordinary story, in full, for the first time.”
Formula 1 CEO and president Stefano Domenicali added: “Formula 1 is a truly global sport with over 70 years of history created by Bernie that has a huge part of making the sport what it is.
”With half a billion global fans, and races in 23 countries, the interest and excitement around Formula 1 is huge and there will be eager anticipation for the series that will take the viewers on a journey into the life of one of sport’s most interesting characters.”
It has yet to be confirmed when the series will be broadcast or on which platform.