Bernie Ec­cle­stone ‘needs an exit plan’

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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.”

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