Currently reading: Ecclestone: 'I'd die if I retired'
He's about to be 80, but F1 supremo says he can't stop working
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22 June 2010

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has vowed he will never retire.

Ecclestone turns 80 later this year, but has aid he will never stop work.

"I cannot stop," he said. "For me, to retire means to die.

"If I were to wake up in the morning and have no more problems or nothing more to worry about, then it will be no longer worth waking up."

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Straight Six Man 24 June 2010

Re: Ecclestone: 'I'd die if I retired'

FriendlyFisherman wrote:

I'm amazed at the amount of people who don't get Bernie, he's done so much for a sport that by its nature would self destruct if allowed to do its own thing. I love the way Bernie goes about things, if you can read between the lines he has nothing but the interest of F1 at heart. I hope he carries on a lot longer. I know a lot won't agree, (but then thats all some do on here) and I would suggest you read up on Bernie and how the history of recent F1 came about.

Bo11ocks. He's just in it for the money. He'd have retired long ago to just enjoy the cars, yachts and women otherwise.

ACCobra427 23 June 2010

Re: Ecclestone: 'I'd die if I retired'

kdwilcox wrote:

As Friendly Fisherman said,he has done so much for the sport that by its nature would self destruct if allowed to do its own thing.

I view Bernie a bit like the Labour government. Whilst they were actually in power no one really saw the full extent of the influence they had behind the scenes. Now they've gone, all becomes clear - like a breath of fresh air a new team takes over, dynamism returns to the system for a while - which is good.

I agree that Mr. E. has done a lot of good for the sport - But, every dog has it's day and his day has passed a long time ago in my view. F1 needs fresh blood at the top, a completely new philosophy (for better or worse) and a new direction - Bernie has achieved a legacy that will likely never be matched, but I do wish he'd get on his bike and ride off into the sunset.

kdwilcox 23 June 2010

Re: Ecclestone: 'I'd die if I retired'

There is only one reason that F1 is as big as it is,that it is all round the world,

has millions tune in to see the races on tv,has so much money spent on it,and

that reason is Bernie.

As Friendly Fisherman said,he has done so much for the sport that by its

nature would self destruct if allowed to do its own thing.