Bernie Ecclestone Replaced as CEO of F1 Group


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Dec 11, 2005
Ecclestone confirms Chase Carey has replaced him as CEO of F1

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he has lost his position as the CEO of the Formula 1 Group, and has been replaced by Liberty Media's Chase Carey.

Ecclestone, 86, says he has been offered the title of 'Honorary President', but has acknowledged that he doesn?t know exactly what his role will be.

It?s understood the change will be formally announced on Tuesday, along with the appointments of Ross Brawn and former ESPN man Sean Bratches, who will take up newly created sporting and commercial roles respectively.

?I was deposed today,? Ecclestone told Auto Motor und Sport. ?I am simply gone. It's official. I am no longer the leader of the company. My position has been taken by Chase Carey.

?My new position is one of those American terms. It's something like an honorary president. I have this title now, even though I don't know what it means.?

Asked about his future, he said: ?My days in the office will be getting quieter now. Maybe I will attend a Grand Prix sometime in the future.

"I still have many friends in Formula 1, and I still have enough money to afford to attend a race.?

Ecclestone added that he doesn?t expect to retain his seat on the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

?I doubt it," he said when asked if he would remain involved. "First of all, I have to talk to [FIA President] Jean Todt about this.?

It?s believed that Donald McKenzie, boss of erstwhile majority shareholders CVC, was keen to keep Ecclestone in a more hands-on role. However, he was overruled by Liberty Media, which is now on the brink of concluding its F1 takeover.

Liberty Media completes F1 acquisition, clarifies Ecclestone role

Liberty Media has confirmed the completion of its takeover of Formula 1, and Bernie Ecclestone?s new position of 'Chairman Emeritus'.

As reported earlier on Monday, Liberty has appointed Chase Carey as Chief Executive Officer of F1 in Ecclestone?s place.

This confirms the end of Ecclestone?s 40-year tenure at the head of F1, and Liberty?s statement said his new role means he ?will be available as a source of advice for the board of F1?.

Ecclestone said: ?I'm proud of the business that I built over the last 40 years and all that I have achieved with Formula 1, and would like to thank all of the promoters, teams, sponsors and television companies that I have worked with.

?I'm very pleased that the business has been acquired by Liberty and that it intends to invest in the future of F1. I am sure that Chase will execute his role in a way that will benefit the sport.?

Carey "to lead this business"

Greg Maffei, President and CEO of Liberty Media Corporation, said: ?We are delighted to have completed the acquisition of F1 and that Chase will lead this business as CEO.

?There is an enormous opportunity to grow the sport, and we have every confidence that Chase, with his abilities and experience, is the right person to achieve this.

?I'd like to thank Bernie Ecclestone, who becomes Chairman Emeritus, for his tremendous success in building this remarkable global sport.?

Carey added: ?I am excited to be taking on the additional role of CEO. F1 has huge potential with multiple untapped opportunities.

?I have enjoyed hearing from the fans, teams, FIA, promoters and sponsors on their ideas and hopes for the sport. We will work with all of these partners to enhance the racing experience and add new dimensions to the sport and we look forward to sharing these plans overtime.

?I would like to recognise and thank Bernie for his leadership over the decades. The sport is what it is today because of him and the talented team of executives he has led, and he will always be part of the F1 family.

?Bernie's role as Chairman Emeritus befits his tremendous contribution to the sport and I am grateful for his continued insight and guidance as we build F1 for long-term success and the enjoyment of all those involved.?
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