Browsing All posts tagged under »Bernie Ecclestone«

Australia is a great season opener – and should stay that way

March 1, 2012


Australia should stay on the Formula One calendar, despite what Bernie Ecclestone is quoted as saying tonight. Reportedly, the F1 supremo is saying the organisers need to install floodlights to push the race into European prime time. He’s wrong. As entertaining and spectacular as Singapore and particularly Abu Dhabi are, the race in Melbourne Park […]

Fresh thoughts on BBC, Sky and the implications for Formula One

August 3, 2011


Comments today by Williams chairman Adam Parr about cost cutting in Formula One and the new TV deal in the UK have brought the issue back to the front of my mind. As has been extensively documented, Bernie Ecclestone has secured a six season deal, from 2012, for the BBC and Sky to share live […]

Why I’m gutted by today’s Formula One deal with BBC and Sky

July 29, 2011


Today’s news about the split coverage of Formula One between the BBC and Sky has sparked predictable outrage from devoted fans of the sport. And it’s not hard to see why. In the BBC’s desperation to save costs but also to save face, the door has been opened for Bernie Ecclestone to do a deal […]

Time for teams to end Bahrain row and take a stand

June 7, 2011


Formula One’s hand wringing over whether to race in Bahrain in 2011 is moving from frustrating and disappointing to the downright farcical. After spending months talking up the prospects of rescheduling the race, talking about how the people running Bahrain are “all nice people”, Bernie Ecclestone has (£) today told the The Times he is […]

Review: No Angel, The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone

March 24, 2011


Investigative journalist Tom Bower was given unprecedented access to Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone to lift the lid on an extraordinary life. The book is at times baffling. Bower describes Ecclestone’s various deals both at pace and in detail and it can be difficult to follow. At times this is down to the writing – […]

Bernie pledges to “find a way” to get Bahrain race on in 2011

March 3, 2011


The Bahrain Grand Prix will not be held in the summer break but could be slotted in at end of the season, between Abu Dhabi and Brazil, Bernie Ecclestone has said today. Ecclestone is insisting if the Middle Eastern nation is peaceful, he will “find a way” to fit the race in. This could mean […]

Pouring cold water on the notion of “fake rain”

March 2, 2011


Something close to serious discussion about the merits or otherwise of creating artificial “rain” to spice up Formula One races. It was started by Bernie Ecclestone throwing the notion into an interview – a joke you would hope – but Pirelli seem to have actively endorsed it. Where to begin? It’s dumb on a number […]