Liberty Media probably made a mistake by letting Bernie Ecclestone leave the sport. That is the view of the former FIA president Max Mosley.
The 86-year-old Englishman was replaced by Chase Carey at the end of January. After that Liberty Media completed its F1 takeover and installed a new management structure. Ecclestone was named Emeritus Chairman with obviously no executive powers. Later he resigned from other connected to F1 companies.
“If it had been me in the case of Liberty, I’d have kept Bernie on to do the things that he’s superbly good at – such as dealing with the promoters and the organisers and all that side of it”, Mosley said in a Reuters interview.
He admitted that Liberty have all the right to change the management as they wish. But according to Mosley the new owners could work on underdeveloped in Grand prix areas such as digital and virtual coverage and communication.
“We’ll just have to see what happens. You’ve always got to be careful, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. But they are fully aware of that. They (Liberty) are serious business people. Whether they can deal with everything better than they could have dealt with it using Bernie for the things he’s good at, and then doing the things that they know about, is an open question. We shall see”, Mosley added.
I’d have kept Bernie, Max Mosley says
He also explained that he did not understand exactly what it meant that every race could be treated like a Super Bowl.
“I think that’s easy to say, it’s not quite clear to me what that means. But the Super Bowl… Is that so wonderful? I don’t want to be unkind, but Americans always think they can do everything better than anybody else. And they’re not always right as a lot of recent history shows”, Mosley said.