THE F1 POWER LIST
Find out which people wield the most influence over the changing shape of Formula 1
Formula 1 in early 2017 suddenly looks very different – off the track as well as on it. While the faster, wider cars pound around the race circuits of the world at incredible speeds not seen for years, the political landscape has also changed dramatically.
Bernie Ecclestone held sway at the top for nearly 40 years, and anyone who wanted to push in a different direction had to be sure they knew what they were doing, and that they had the leverage to see it through. But now Ecclestone has gone, shunted off to a chairman emeritus role, and effectively been told not to speak unless spoken to. The past has gone. To be replaced by… what, exactly? F1 is now owned by a media company, not a private equity group. It is run by a businessman with 30 years’ experience in American broadcasting, not a former car dealer who spent his professional life flying by the seat of his pants and making up the rules as he went along. But how will Chase Carey differ from Ecclestone as a chief executive? And how will he handle the competing interests and egos who pull the strings up and down the paddock? And, crucially, who are these people, what are they like, where does their power come from and what do they want to do with it?
Who, in short, really makes the decisions in F1? Are Mercedes and Ferrari really in control, as Ecclestone used to claim from time to time? Is the FIA as powerless as it seems, with Jean Todt as president? What will Red Bull do post-ecclestone?
F1 Racing’s team consulted senior figures, kicked around the names that came up – the same ones repeatedly – and compiled a list of the people who will share and shape the future of F1. This is it.