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Honorary President of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone said that he was very nice to watch the classic struggle of Ferrari and Mercedes.Bernie Ecclestone "I think Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton will continue to fight for the first place. It will be a very interesting fight.This year Ferrari is really back in the fight for the title, and this is very good news. The fans are very tired of the domination of Mercedes in recent years and the increased competition helps promoters sell more tickets".
Prince albert denied all speculation that Monaco always got and gets special treatment in the organization of the race.The Prince of Monaco "It's just a rumor. Bernie Ecclestone knew that Monaco came in Formula 1 thanks to our sponsors and the pilots.We always tried to beat out a more favorable deal between Bernie and ACM Automobile Club de Monaco. Ecclestone has always cared about us, but he made us pay the whole amount for your participation.I don't know all the prices, and perhaps our less than some other races, but you have to look at what the Monaco Grand Prix is of historical interest. We pay, and pay. So the rumors about free - Fudge the press".
Sports Director of the Formula 1 Ross Brawn has dispelled rumors that he would not be able to work with Bernie Ecclestone.Ross Brawn "It's not true. I never said I wouldn't be able to work with Bernie. We have different views, but it would be very interesting to work with Bernie. Now this is impossible, since Bernie did everything in his own way for many years, although he did it very effectively.But I've never seen Bernie with important partners, of course, not in terms of doing business".
The head of Formula-1 chase Carey said that while negotiations with Turkey on the return of the race in Istanbul is completed.Chase Carey "We discussed with President Recep Tayyip erdoan and Director of the racetrack all the nuances of the race in Istanbul. It was decided that the race will be held under the auspices of the President of the Turkish Republic.We have much work to do before signing the agreement. We hope that the necessary procedures will be completed as soon as possible, and eagerly awaited return."The last time the Grand Prix of Turkey was held in 2011. Stage left the Formula 1 calendar after Bernie Ecclestone asked for too much money for hosting the race.
According to the mayor of so Paulo, where the Interlagos race track, there are plans to give the reins of the track, one particular investor, which, as it became known, is Bernie Ecclestone.Joo Doria "Privatization route is the guarantee of the presence of Formula 1. I understand that Formula 1 is important, but with private money, not with the state.Ecclestone showed interest, he is going to participate in the auction. I have the impression that the international funds will also take part. I have no doubt that we will sell the track of Interlagos. And we sell it in good hands".
The former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone will return to the paddock during the Bahrain Grand Prix in his new role as honorary Chairman of the championship.Christian Horner, head of Red Bull "I Think that the role got, it will still be able to contribute.I'm sure he will participate in some upcoming events, and hope that the new owners of the championship will be able to use it constructively and profitably, building on the work that he was able to do in the past years".
Former technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that the new rules - it is a merit of the former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone.Pat Symonds "I think the acceleration of the cars will help to create a good show. But that wasn't the reason the rules have changed.Bernie Ecclestone was furious by the fact that 17-year-old Verstappen was able to immediately show the results in Formula 1. Bernie wanted to make it so that young pilots are unable to achieve success in these races. He wanted experience and ability outweighed the monetary capabilities of the relatives.
The head of Formula-1 chase Carey said that Liberty Media has not only forced Bernie Ecclestone, and created the basis for a new leadership of the championship.Chase Carey "We just kicked Bernie. I tried to be unbiased, to try to make a decision based on what I saw and heard about his work.All I was told, and I myself saw it that Formula 1 was a one-man show for many decades. When I looked at the Formula-1, Bernie saw who controlled every decision, down to the paddock, and it seemed that nothing can change.We don't just shift the direction of movement of ten degrees. We really want to create a new way of doing business and a new culture of Formula 1. We just saw that Ecclestone has no place in this new world of Formula 1".
The former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone believes that he should have left in the League at least for another year.Bernie Ecclestone "I would like to work in the championship for another year. You had to wait a year and then draw conclusions that worked or didn't work.If our collaboration does not work, then it would be possible to give me a kick in the ass. But different people run the company differently. I think that this is very similar to the work of American companies. Let's be absolutely reasonable they bought the car, and they want to drive it yourself.I have no illusions, I know how this world works".
The former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone has done everything possible to get Ferrari its historical 100 million in prize money.Bernie Ecclestone "the Problem is that many teams can leave after 2020, when you will need to sign a new "Contract of consent". It is important to obtain confirmation of the continuation of cooperation with big teams and manufacturers.With Ferrari I agreed only on the basis of preservation behind them 100 million bonus for his historic contribution to the development of the championship.Some teams are now saying that he would sign the "Contract", but after a week they can leave the championship. Therefore, it was important to the renewed commitment it is the major players".
The former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone told that the head of Liberty Media chase Carey personally asked him for a favor.Bernie Ecclestone "the Only thing chase asked me to do, because he knows what I'm going to Brazil this weekend, is to talk to the President. He wants the President to partially sponsor the organisation of the race.Otherwise, we can lose this race, which I would not really like. This is a great race."The Brazilian track currently has a contract until 2022.
The head of Liberty Media Greg Maffei sharply raskritikoval former approach Bernie Ecclestone to signing racing contracts, referring to the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan and calling it empty and uninteresting for Formula 1.Promoter of the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan Arif Rahimov responded to this criticism.Arif Rahimov "last year we had a great show, which everyone liked. For me it was an unpleasant shock to hear the comments of Greg Maffey who only recently took office and has not been in the race in Baku. He's been here for a few days, and we are working on Formula 1 within three years. In addition, this attitude is harmful to the heritage of Formula 1.Meanwhile, we can consider a new contract and a renewed commitment from Liberty Media".
Head Red Bull Christian Horner said that the whole of the championship, it remains to be seen what will happen after the change of leadership.Christian Horner "what he did for Formula 1, Ecclestone is absolutely incredible, and I think it will take some time before the new management realizes that they have to do and how much is already done, Bernie.Liberty is a interesting things that will help to move Formula 1 forward. We have a lot of niches that can be filled, especially in terms of entertainment.We look forward to the implementation of these plans, we are ready to move forward".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that to oust Bernie Ecclestone was a bit of a misnomer.Toto Wolff "Bernie invented the sport. He was able to make the race a couple of teams of a global discipline with a turnover of half a billion pounds. I think there are areas where there is no one better than him and I've never met a more experienced Manager. Bernie did these races as they are now.The new owners came all ready and will now simply remove the profits from PPV, sports rights in the United States, digital television. They have a field of activity that created the Ecclestone".
The former pilot of Ferrari and McLaren's Stefan Johansson believes that the new owners Liberty Media incorrectly entered, dismissing Bernie Ecclestone so quickly.Stefan Johansson "It was a strange feeling, when I first heard about the departure of Bernie. I talked to friends from Formula 1, and it seems that all agree that it's kind of sad and wrong, even if he was like a grandfather.The changes will not be forthcoming. I don't even remember the other person in the paddock, except for Bernie. He led here forever. Will be interesting to see how will lead the new people.Personally, I believe that Liberty Media should retain Ecclestone next to him. A couple of years they had to learn from him the tricks of sailing in the world".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that Bernie Ecclestone still has the opportunity to return to the world of Formula 1.Nico Rosberg "the Ecclestone said that one should never believe everything going, since he had already done something similar. And I believe Toto Wolff who is sure that one way or another, in a particular role, Ecclestone returns to Formula 1".
Former FIA President Max Mosley believes that to oust Bernie Ecclestone from Formula 1 is the biggest mistake new owners of the championship.Max Mosley "I would never leave Bernie, don't put him in the door, as it did in Liberty Media.It should be left to do what he does better than others in the whole world to negotiate, to resolve issues with the organizers and promoters. In this case, the Americans would be able to focus on the digital side of the business. However, let's wait and see what they'll do without Bernie.
The former head of the FIA Max Mosley believes that Liberty Media would be very difficult to manage all your assets.Max Mosley "I think it will be quite difficult. I think Ecclestone is brilliantly dealt with promoters and organizers, handled great with the whole structure of the championship. For someone new who came into this world without a personal relationship, it will be difficult to do business.On the other hand, Liberty Media will pay greater attention to social networking, virtual reality, the Internet, which absolutely was not done previously.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he is not fully convinced that Bernie Ecclestone has stepped down from his post permanently.Toto Wolff "With Bernie, as always you'll never know actually, it left at all or will come back. But the truth is that most of the shares owned by chase Carey as the right to vote on decisions.Has happened before that the government back into the hands, of which sort was running. On the other hand, I can imagine that the situation is arranged so that turning back will not be simple".
The mayor of London Sadiq Khan said that no proposals from the leadership of Formula 1 for the Grand Prix was received.Sadiq Khan "Until then, until you get the offer and will have a deeper understanding of the infrastructure of the Grand Prix of Formula 1 in London, we will not be able to comment on the possibility of the race".Earlier, Bernie Ecclestone is eagerly desired to hold a Formula 1 race in the UK capital.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that it would be sad to see the leaves Bernie Ecclestone.Toto Wolff "From the point of view of my personal experience, I would not be in Formula 1 without Bernie. He supported me in Williams, helped in moments of UPS and downs in the Mercedes. He was always very friendly to me. We had a good relationship although we are not agreed in opinion concerning business.Bernie had a unique feature - to always be everywhere at once. It covered the entire globe. He is a very good Manager".
Champion 1996 Damon hill believes that to criticize Bernie Ecclestone after his departure dishonest activity.Damon hill "Criticism after the departing man is the last thing. I can't say that it was bad. Yes, Bernie didn't come up with a new sports rules. He was particularly clever about the qualifications, and it is very good that some of his ideas, as, for example, on the irrigation system, the alignment is not passed in the real world.But Eccleton was able to do one thing incredibly well - Packed Cup, and sell it to anyone for the highest price. He's a specialist".
Three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet has admitted that he is grateful to his collaboration with Bernie Ecclestone.Nelson Piquet "For me Ecclestone has revealed many new things in the world of Formula 1. Much was a revelation. He told me when he signed a contract with me that if I'm two bad races in a row will perform, then fly out of the car. I was unpleasant, but now I understand that he's right.The modern world of Formula 1 Bernie obliged. Without him it would not be so globally. He like no other knows how to organize and combine all the key points".Nelson Piquet made his debut in Formula 1 in 1978, and in the same season, signed a contract with the Brabham team, then owned by Bernie Ecclestone. The Brazilian had a Brabham in seven full seasons and twice became a champion in 1981 and 1983.
The new owners of Formula 1 has fired Bernie Ecclestone, who led the championship for more than thirty years. BBC journalist Andrew Benson believes that "Bernie" will create an alternative championship.Andrew Benson wrote in his blog "According to information from reliable sources, Bernie Ecclestone intends to deal with Liberty Media with the help of alternative series, which will appear in 2019".
The Governor of Krasnodar Krai Veniamin Kondratiev invited Bernie Ecclestone at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi in 2017.Veniamin Kondratyev wrote in his blog "Bernie was great to work with. His whole soul ached for his offspring. Now waiting for him at the Grand Prix of Russia in Sochi as a guest of honor".Early the Ecclestone shifted from the post of head of Formula 1, said "I'm going to do next Obviously, my office will be quieter. Maybe I'll come for a couple of races. I have many friends in Formula 1 and the sufficient funds to attend the Grand Prix".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Martin Brandl believes that the new leadership of the championship will help the Royal race to ascend to a new level of popularity.Martin Brandl "I think Formula 1 up to this point relied only on their own history and the legacy of the past. But that impulse passed, and the championship went down the wrong path in several key moments. So I think with new media and many other aspects of the championship will be able to access new opportunities and achieve new heights of popularity.Bernie Ecclestone has done a lot right, made a lot of money and popularity for the sport. But when he came to new technology and a new era of technology, he just hid his head in the sand. You can't do that, because we live in a different technological and information world that does not see Ecclestone".
The pilots of different generations thanked Bernie Ecclestone for his contribution and tremendous work done for the good of Formula 1.The season champion-1996's Damon hill "If you were a pilot during the past forty years, your career was obvious affected to a lesser or greater degree by the man we simply called "Bernie".The pilot Haas Romain Grosjean "Thank you Bernie and welcome to Liberty Media Let this new era begin"Pilot Williams Felipe Massa "Thank you, Bernie, and Hello, Liberty Media. I hope that the new Formula-1 will become better and better.
The head of McLaren Zac brown believes that Bernie Ecclestone is hard to accept his departure, but it is a necessary step towards the development of the championship.Zach brown "Formula 1 has become a truly international sport thanks to Bernie Ecclestone, for half a century, created the impossible. In fact, I can't think of a single other person that would be able to withdraw any sport on such a global level.Bernie will be very difficult to accept defeat, but he should be proud that we have created a fantastic springboard by which chase Carey and his colleagues at Liberty Media will be able to do more for Formula 1.Over the next decade, the way Formula 1 will become more free, attracting new fans of different generations. We will launch new games, new media, etc. The guys from Liberty Media know exactly what to do".
The new owners of Formula 1 after the removal of Bernie Ecclestone announced a new leadership, which included Ross Brawn, who had to work as technical Director of Ferrari, Honda, Brawn and Mercedes.So, Ross brown will become the sports Director of the championship. The commercial Director of Formula 1 will be Sean Bratches, who previously held a similar post in the sports network ESPN. Executive Director appointed chase Carey, who previously headed the Board of Directors of Formula 1.Chase Carey "I'm glad Ross is back in Formula 1. All the teams where he has worked for forty years, was able to make progress. I've already been helped, his experience and technical knowledge."Ross Brawn "it's Great to return to Formula-1. In recent months I have consulted with Liberty Media, and now I work with them to help in the development of sport. We have a great opportunity to work with teams and organizers of the Grand Prix to find the most suitable solution for Formula 1 and its fans."Sean Bratches, "I am Pleased to be part of Formula 1. It is a unique sport that has great potential for further growth.