Bernie Ecclestone made an unexpected confessionMarch 27, 2019
Bernie Ecclestone admitted that he recently discussed with representatives of two championship teams the idea of organizing an alternative racing series. However, the former head of the management of Formula 1 stressed that he doubted the possibility of implementing such a project.
According to RaceFans, on the pre-season test days, Toto Wolff, head of the Mercedes team, and Lawrence Stroll, co-owner of Racing Point, visited Ecclestone at his home in Gstaad, Switzerland. In this conversation, Luca di Montezemolo was also present, although there were no staff working at Ferrari at the time.
As it happened in the past, the threat of a championship split for the sake of some alternative series can be used as an instrument of pressure during negotiations with the leadership of Formula 1, in this case, with Liberty Media.
But Ecclestone, who once faced such threats more than once, talking about a meeting in Switzerland, stated categorically: “I don’t think this will ever happen. Agree with all impossible. And they need to agree with all promoters, in general with all.
The trouble with such ideas is that people are sitting and discussing, discussing, discussing, but when it comes to business, it turns out that many have already changed their minds. ”
A representative of Racing Point confirmed the fact of meeting with Ecclestone, but commented on it this way: “It was a meeting of old friends at dinner in Gstaad. But the assumptions about the alternative series are nonsense. ”
It is curious that about this episode it became known on the eve of an important meeting in London, which will be held today: at it the representatives of Liberty Media and the FIA will present to the leaders of the teams of Formula 1 the reform plans for the championship in 2021.
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