Bernie Ecclestone
Jul 21

F1: Ecclestone Has No Worries About Russian GP

Bernie Ecclestone is not worried that the Russian GP will be interrupted. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone is not worried that the Russian GP will be interrupted. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone says he has no concerns about the Russian GP in the light of the MH17 tragedy.

While Ecclestone and the FIA have always insisted that motor sport is not affected by politics, it seems inevitable that in the coming weeks the international spotlight will fall upon the Sochi race and any other high-profile events scheduled to take place in Russia.

Jun 24

F1 Boss Ecclestone ‘Happy’ If Struggling Teams Collapse

Bernie Ecclestone does not pity teams that are struggling in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone does not pity teams that are struggling in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone has issued a harsh warning to struggling Formula 1 teams.

Amid all the noise about the urgent need to cut costs, the sport’s chief executive insists he has no fear that some teams are facing financial collapse.

“I do not fear it,” he told Kleine Zeitung newspaper.” I would even be happy about it.

Jun 18

F1: Hockenheim officials furious with Ecclestone over contract dispute

Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany 21st July 2012 The cars line up for the start. World Copyright:Andy Hone/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image HONY5355

The Formula 1 field line up for the start of the 2012 German GP at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo:Andy Hone/LAT Photographic)

Hockenheim’s F1 future is up in the air. The circuit has a contract with Bernie Ecclestone until 2018, whereby it annually alternates the German Grand Prix with the Nurburgring.

But F1 supremo Ecclestone and the Nurburgring on Tuesday announced they are close to agreeing a new deal to stage the German Grand Prix every year between 2015 and 2019 at the Nurburgring.

May 11

F1: Race Promoters Urge Ecclestone To Fix Engine Noise Issue

Mercedes will test a 'megaphone' next week to see if the device will make F1 engines louder. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mercedes will test a ‘megaphone’ next week to see if the device will make F1 engines louder. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone met with F1 race promoters in Barcelona on Saturday, and inevitably engine noise was top of the agenda.

Melbourne’s Ron Walker was among those who stressed that it’s a serious issue that has to be addressed, due to the negative reaction from fans. The consensus was that next week’s test by Mercedes will be crucial.

May 5

F1: Insiders tip Ecclestone to survive corruption scandal

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 24:  Bernie Ecclestone (R), the 83-year-old controlling business magnate in Formula One racing, and prosecutor Christian Weiss (C) wait for the first day of Ecclestones trial for bribery on April 24, 2014 in Munich, Germany (in front og him is a paper which he carried during he arrived at court). Ecclestone is accused of bribing BayernLB bank employee Gerhard Gribkowsky to ensure the sale of SLEC Holdings, the parent company of Formula One, to private equity firm CVC.  (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)

Bernie Ecclestone, the 83-year-old controlling business magnate in Formula One, waits on the first day of his trial for bribery on April 24, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo: Joerg Koch/Getty Images)

Three F1 insiders have tipped Bernie Ecclestone to drive out of the corruption scandal not only with his freedom, but also the keys to the sport.

Some think the Gerhard Gribkowsky saga, that has already left the former F1 banker in jail, will almost certainly end Ecclestone’s long reign over Formula 1 and potentially see him live out his days behind bars. However, a trio of F1 insiders is not so sure.