Bernie Says his Retirement will Coincide with his Funeral

If you thought Bernie was getting close to offering his position up to someone else any time soon, think again. Ecclestone has no intention of going anywhere. A man without even an email address will be running the sport until the end if he has it his way.

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Ecclestone has done a lot for the sport over the years, but he’s lost direction recently and is there is a growing feeling that he’s not the right person for the job.

There is a big call for Ross Brawn to hang up his fishing rod and manage the sport instead. He’s not a slimy business mogul, but he’s an engineer who understands that entertaining racing doesn’t have a direct relationship with aesthetic gimmicks or regulation overhauls on an annual basis.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29: Race winner Jenson Button (R) of Great Britain and Brawn GP celebrates with Team Principal Ross Brawn (C) and second placed Rubens Barrichello (L) of Brazil and Brawn GP on the podium after the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 29, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 29: Race winner Jenson Button (R) of Great Britain and Brawn GP celebrates with Team Principal Ross Brawn (C) and second placed Rubens Barrichello (L) of Brazil and Brawn GP on the podium after the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 29, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The massive regulation changes for 2017 will see too many changes just as the racing is starting to get interesting again. If the regs remained consistent to this year, then the grid would tighten up again and the big changed made last year with regards to the hybrid engine would eventually be realized. Instead, Formula One will be shuffling the pack and hitting the emergency reset button again.

If it wasn’t obvious that Ecclestone can’t keep up anymore, he recently said this when asked about F1’s future:

“I have no idea. If you had asked me the same question ten years ago, I would have had no idea that we would be in the state we are in right now. The world is changing so fast – so if people tell me about what is happening in the next couple of years I would simply say: that’s a lie.”

– Bernie Ecclestone

F1 needs to stop jumping the gun so that this set of regulations have time to come to fruition. The search for an instant solution doesn’t work. If Brawn was in Bernie’s position right now, we wouldn’t see a overhaul of the regulations yet again. The ex-team principal and Ferrari engineer doesn’t want to come back to the 24/7 lifestyle of F1, but who would bet against Brawn being able to do Bernie’s job part-time?