BERNIE ECCLESTONE

  • Qatar F1 race hopes appear to remain distant 6 days ago

    Qatar's hopes of joining the Formula One calendar in the near future appear to have receded after commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone indicated he was unlikely to add a third Middle Eastern race to the schedule just yet. "I think we've got enough here, don't you?" the Briton told reporters at the...
  • Bernie Ecclestone gives Azerbaijan the all-clear 1 week ago

    Manama: Formula One has no qualms about holding a grand prix in Azerbaijan next year despite concerns raised by rights activists, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday. "Baku? No problem. That's going to be another good race," the 84-year-old told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix, another controversial...
  • F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone proposes championship for women March 30, 2015

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has proposed a controversial world championship for women drivers as part of grand prix weekends. "I thought it would be a good idea to give them a showcase," British media quoted the 84-year-old as saying during the Malaysian Grand Prix after proposing the idea to team...
  • Bernie Ecclestone warning over Italian Grand Prix March 27, 2015

    Sepang: Bernie Ecclestone on Friday said he was prepared to let the Italian Grand Prix follow Germany by dropping off the Formula One calendar, in a stark warning for organisers. The F1 supremo told reporters "What goes, goes" when asked whether the historic race at Monza, first run in 1950, could...
  • German Grand Prix dropped from 2015 Formula One calendar March 20, 2015

    The German Grand Prix was cut from the 2015 Formula One calendar Friday after neither of the country's two circuits was able to make a deal with series promoter Bernie Ecclestone. The World Motor Sport Council said in a statement on Friday that the race was withdrawn because the commercial rights...
  • Red Bull right to be upset, says Bernie Ecclestone March 16, 2015

    London: Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has backed Red Bull's call for action to rein in Mercedes' engine advantage and make races more competitive after a one-sided start to the season. However, the 84-year-old played down talk of the former champions walking away from a sport they dominated only recently. "They...
  • Bernie Ecclestone offers cash advance for smaller teams March 2, 2015

    London: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has offered advance revenue payments to Sauber, Force India and Lotus to help with cash-flow problems ahead of the new season starting in Australia next week. "Bernie understands we've had these challenges over the winter because the (team) suppliers got so badly hurt by the...
  • Marussia comeback hopes suffer a setback February 6, 2015

    London: Marussia's hopes of rising from the dead to race in next month's Formula One season-opener in Australia have suffered a setback after rivals rejected a proposal to let them compete with last year's car. "It needed all the teams to agree and there were three or four of them that...
  • German race looks unlikely in 2015, says Bernie Ecclestone February 3, 2015

    London: Germany, home of world champions Mercedes, looks unlikely to host a Formula One Grand Prix this year but there is still time to secure a deal, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters on Monday. The 84-year-old Briton was speaking after Germany's Rhein Zeitung newspaper quoted him as saying...
  • Bernie Ecclestone throws doubt on German GP January 22, 2015

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has thrown doubt on this year's German Grand Prix taking place at either Nuerburgring or Hockenheim. The 84-year-old, who said last week that the July 19 race would be at Hockenheim if a contract could be finalised, told Sky Sports News on Wednesday that no...
  • Hockenheim to host German GP, says Bernie Ecclestone January 15, 2015

    Hockenheim will host this year's German Grand Prix in July instead of alternating with the Nuerburgring, Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters on Thursday. "It's going to be at Hockenheim, we're in the middle of doing something with them. It can't be Nuerburgring because there's nobody there," said the...
  • Bernie Ecclestone back on F1 board, to stay as CEO December 19, 2014

    London: Bernie Ecclestone's control of Formula One was fully restored on Thursday after overcoming court cases that threatened his grip on the motorsport series. The 84-year-old Ecclestone stepped down as a board member of F1's holding company this year while standing trial for bribery in Germany. The case was closed in...
  • F1 had to schedule Korean GP, says Bernie Ecclestone December 12, 2014

    South Korea does not want a Formula One race next year but it was included on the calendar anyway for legal reasons, according to the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone. "They (local organisers) would rather it not happen," he told reporters. "We have a contract with Korea... we have to put it...
  • F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone rules out being reined in December 12, 2014

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed talk of a new chairman trying to 'rein him in' and says he plans to continue running the company as if he owned it. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, the 84-year-old billionaire made clear it was business as usual. Ecclestone said he was back on...
  • Bernie Ecclestone disappointed by Sebastian Vettel's attitude December 8, 2014

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has criticised four times world champion Sebastian Vettel for the way he reacted to failure this year. The German, who has now left Red Bull for Ferrari, ended the season without a win after dominating the previous four championships. Red Bull started the season on the back...
  • Bernie Ecclestone denies rejecting F1's teen audience November 23, 2014

    Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has denied saying he was not interested in the youth audience because they did not buy expensive watches or bank with the sport's sponsors. "I never said younger generation, I said children. The question to me was children," the 84-year-old told Reuters at the season-ending...
  • Indian Grand Prix set to return in 2016, says Bernie Ecclestone November 20, 2014

    The Indian Grand Prix is expected to return in 2016 as a "fruitful" meeting between Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and race promoters has prepared the ground for the comeback of the high-profile event. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, last month. The...
  • Formula One: Small teams seek Abu Dhabi talks with Ecclestone November 18, 2014

    Formula One's smaller teams have written to Bernie Ecclestone to press demands for a bigger share of the sport's considerable revenues. Force India deputy principal Bob Fernley told Reuters a letter had been sent on Monday to commercial supremo Ecclestone seeking a meeting at this weekend's season-ending race in Abu...
  • F1 not interested in young fans, says Bernie Ecclestone November 14, 2014

    Formula One would rather cater for rich over-70s than chase a younger generation that cannot afford luxury watches and is more interested in social media, according to commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone. In a wide-ranging interview with Campaign Asia-Pacific magazine (campaignasia.com), the 84-year-old Briton said teenagers were uninterested in the sort of...
  • Formula One money and engine talks stall November 9, 2014

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone will meet commercial rights holders CVC in London next week after talks with teams in Brazil on Saturday produced no agreement on giving smaller outfits more money to help them survive. A separate meeting with manufacturers on the possibility of relaxing an engine 'freeze' for next...
  • Bernie Ecclestone wins a round of legal battle over alleged bribe November 7, 2014

    A New York appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a $650 million lawsuit against Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, saying he cannot be sued in the state's courts over the sale of a major stake in the motor racing business. In a 2012 suit, investment firm Bluewaters Communications accused the...
  • Money talks louder than ever in Formula One November 3, 2014

    Money has always talked in Formula One but now, with Caterham and Marussia in administration and only nine teams in Sunday's US Grand Prix, the talk is increasingly about money itself. The cost of competing in Formula One has become the hot topic and, with no sign of agreement on how...
  • Ecclestone sure all teams will race in US Grand Prix November 2, 2014

    Austin: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone dismissed the threat of a US Grand Prix boycott on Saturday after cash-strapped smaller teams suggested they could take drastic action to push their demands for more money. "Forget all that crap. I promise you they will be racing (tomorrow)," the 84-year-old told reporters after...
  • Bernie Ecclestone warns of 14 cars on cash-strapped F1 grid November 1, 2014

    Formula One's commercial ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone warned that the sport's financial crisis could reduce the grid to 14 cars in 2015. After the withdrawal of both the Caterham and Marussia teams for this weekend's United States Grand Prix, the grid for tomorrow's 56-lap race at the Circuit of the Americas has...
  • Caterham and Marussia to miss next races: Ecclestone October 25, 2014

    The struggling Caterham and Marussia Formula One teams will both miss next week's US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters on Saturday. "Neither of those two teams are going to go to America," said the 83-year-old. Caterham went into administration on Friday while Russian-registered Marussia...
  • Caterham F1 team set to miss next two races October 25, 2014

    Caterham have been told they can miss the next two Formula One grands prix while seeking a buyer after the team went into administration on Friday. Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters "it would be OK" for the team to sit out next week's US race, and Brazil the...
  • Crash and crisis overshadow Russia F1 debut October 9, 2014

    Sochi: Russia makes its long-awaited Formula One debut in Winter Olympic city Sochi this weekend with the sport in no mood to party even without the political clouds that hang heavy over the race. Dominant Mercedes could clinch the constructors' title for the first time, while Britain's Lewis Hamilton is aiming...
  • Formula One revises radio ban after team talks September 19, 2014

    Singapore: Formula One's governing body postponed the bulk of a ban on radio and pit board messages until next season after deciding on Friday that this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix was too early for teams to adapt to the new restrictions. Teams were told last week that any talk over the...
  • Bernie Ecclestone backs radio clampdown, suggests more needed September 18, 2014

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has backed a clampdown on the use of team radio to help drivers, claiming it was his idea and suggesting more restrictions should be considered. "I was the one who started it off, yes," Ecclestone told reporters on Thursday at a sponsorship event on the sidelines...
  • I don't see myself retiring ever, says F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone August 25, 2014

    Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, free from his bribery trial in Germany, says he has no plans to quit after running the show for almost four decades and his current focus is on tackling the popularity issue facing the sport even though "it is nothing big and just a phase". Ecclestone...