‘A car dealer would run Formula One better!’: Bernie Ecclestone takes brutal swipe at chief executive Chase Carey following row over his controversial race comments
- Bernie Ecclestone has slammed the Formula One chief executive Chase Carey
- Ecclestone says Formula One would be better run by a car salesman instead
- The two men are at loggerheads after a dispute over a TV interview broadcast
- Ecclestone said on TV that black people are often more racist than white people
Bernie Ecclestone has claimed that Formula One would be better off run by a used car salesman than by chief executive Chase Carey.
The two men are at loggerheads after Ecclestone said in a TV interview broadcast on Friday that black people are often more racist than white people. He has since clarified his position and said he has never met a black person he didn’t like.
But Carey’s Formula One organisation were quick to distance themselves from former head Ecclestone, stating that the 89-year-old’s original remarks had no place in the sport or society. Now Ecclestone, who began selling cars in Bexleyheath, has hit back at his American successor, saying: ‘Chase should try to run the company properly.
Bernie Ecclestone says F1 would be better run by a used car salesman than CEO Chase Carey
‘A problem for him is that he has never before been in a position of running something where he has his money invested.
‘When I was running things, we had a look at who could take over if I got knocked over or died. We tried to find people. But what we needed was another used car dealer.
‘A dealer — that’s what Chase isn’t. They could have had Chase involved for sure, but they needed a dealer in there. Not Ross Brawn — he’s not a dealer — as No 2 Ross is a friend, but you need someone who can handle all the different things.’ Carey, 66, has worked hard to draw up the first part of the season — an eight-race European swing for starters, starting in Austria on Sunday —after the pandemic pulled apart the original calendar.
He plans to finalise a full schedule of between 15 and 18 races soon.
But Ecclestone said: ‘I would have gone with eight races, enough for a world championship, then looked to next year.’
Chase is at loggerheads with Eccleston after a dispute over his recent controversial remarks
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