New Formula One Chairman Says Sport ‘Can’t Be A Dictatorship’

Mon, Sep 19, 2016 1,997

It appears Formula One’s new ownership plans to shake things up a bit in the sport.

Chase Carey, the new chairman of F1, insinuated Bernie Ecclestone has run the sport as a dictatorship, and that can’t continue to happen, according to the BBC.

“You’ve got to understand what everybody wants and then find a path,” Carey said, via the BBC. “That is not a task for a committee, as they tend to become bureaucratic. But there also can’t be a dictatorship, even if probably they are used to it.

“With all credit to Bernie, he’s had enormous success — the world admires Bernie for the business that he has built. But I still think that there is another level that we can take Formula One to.”

Ecclestone insisted he doesn’t have a problem with Carey, and that his presence could open doors for the sport in the American market. Ecclestone¬†did add, however, that he¬†could exit the sport at any time.

“If, by chance, things aren’t going the way I think would be the right way then I will disappear for sure,” Ecclestone told Sky Sports.

Liberty Media’s purchase of F1 is expected to be finalized at some point in 2017, but the American company has said they intend to keep Ecclestone on as CEO.

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