Bernie Ecclestone, the former boss of Formula 1, is not happy with his new role within the sport. Ecclestone was ousted in January by new owners Liberty Media. Chase Carey was tasked with replacing Ecclestone as CEO while Bernie was left with the title of “Chairman Emeritus” which is Latin for, “We wanted to kick your ass completely out of the sport, but couldn’t so here is this figurehead title.”
Nobody likes getting fired, especially someone like Ecclestone who had been the head of F1 for decades. However, this is the nature of business when a new group comes in and the old guard doesn’t fit with their vision. Nevermind the fact that the old guard was being headed by a pompous jackass like Ecclestone.
“I can’t do anything,” Ecclestone told the UK Mail. “Even the staff have been told they shouldn’t talk to me. They want to get rid of the Bernie era: ‘Let’s get rid of Bernie’s history.'”
This is classic woe is me Bernie. An egregious over blown view of actual events to suit his own agenda. The dude is 86 years old, stupendously wealthy and set in the old way of doing things. Formula 1 needs new blood and unfortunately Ecclestone isn’t the man to see F1 into the future. And like I said, his backwards attitude towards just about everything isn’t helping his cause.
But Bernie’s rant didn’t end there. Apparently Chase Carey is now going to be afforded the opportunity to do things Bernie wanted to do but couldn’t. Thus any positive new step Formula 1 takes in the future Bernie can sit back and say, “that was my idea, they just didn’t let me do it.”
I think for the betterment of everyone it is time Ecclestone rode off into the sunset. The more he speaks the deeper the hole he digs. Anything short of wishing the new ownership luck in the future comes off petty. Bernie needs to face the facts and get over it. He had a good run and now its time he bowed out with grace and dignity. Two things that are admittedly difficult for Ecclestone.