Former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has accused the new owners of ignoring his input as the run the business as they deem fit.
The 86-year old claimed the new owners did not like how he ran things and that they were ready to make changes.
The Liberty Media took over the sport early this year, ousting the former Chief Executive.
Ecclestone returned to a F1 paddock for the first time since the takeover as he appeared at the Bahrain event. He was kept on by the new owners for consultation when necessary but Ecclestone is saying it was for optics as he barely sees anything going on.
“What people don’t understand is I’m still in the company. Everything’s the same. I’ve been upgraded from chief executive to a much higher position. It’s so high, I can’t even see what’s going on,” he said. (more…)
This weekend at the Australian Grand, Will Davison was appointed as the new driver of the Minardi two-seater Formula 1 car.
He has been provided with the opportunity to complete a number of laps of the Albert Park circuit in the V10-powered modified Minardi F1 car, this is a dream come true for him.
“Formula 1 was the real dream I chased for a long time,” he recently told Motorsport.com.
“I had my big crack at F1, there’s no hiding the fact that that was a real dream and a real passion of mine that I pursued hard.
“There is still a big place in my heart for the F1 fraternity and the F1 world. I’m obviously well past that now as a driver and in terms of racing in Formula 1, but it’s still cool to have that small taste at any opportunity – particularly at Albert Park,” he added.
The Supercar’ star has sampled the two-seater Minardi in the past, of which he completed a number of passenger rides at Mount Panorama back in 2014. With that recent experience, he doesn’t seem to have any issues with doing back the open-wheeler mode after a decade of racing Touring Cars again. (more…)