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Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone: 'We will see if the new owners are right or not'

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Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is lashing out at new F1 leader Chase Carey and his claim that Ecclestone presided over an era of saying “no.”

After decades in charge of Formula 1, the 86-year-old Ecclestone was ousted by Liberty Media as the American company took over.

Carey, his successor, said this week that Ecclestone “said no” too often.

“I want to say yes a whole lot more. We felt it was a sport that, for the last five or six years, had not been managed to its full potential,” Carey said.

F1’s new chairman emeritus, Ecclestone, however, struck back.

“The only reason I ever said no to anything is if I thought it wasn’t a very good thing to do or didn’t produce any income,” Ecclestone told the Sun newspaper in London. “I had to make sure we got the maximum financially we could for the company to make it interesting to buy, which is what happened.

“The bottom line is, we will have to see whether the new owners are right or not.”


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