Bernie Ecclestone ‘needs an exit plan’
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone needs to form a succession plan for when he leaves the sport to ensure the series remains in good health, according to Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne.
While Ecclestone has been asked to remain as chief executive by the three parties interested in acquiring a controlling stake in F1, the Ferrari boss said the 85-year-old needs to be organised for the future.
“He needs to come up with a system where maybe some responsibilities can be developed differently,” said Marchionne.
“Bernie is quite a character, but he is a very nice guy and has an incredible strength. What he has done over the last 10 years is incredible and he’s still there.”
Marchionne added that Ecclestone needs to come up with a plan to get more young people interested in F1.
“This sport has great potential which has not been expressed yet,” he said. “We need to make it entertaining because if everything is predictable, it gets boring.”