Formula One rife with rumours of Bernie Ecclestone PLOT for breakaway championship – Daily Star



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CHANGE: Rumours &#1072r&#1077 rife th&#1072t Bernie Ecclestone &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 &#1088&#406&#959tt&#1110n&#609 a breakaway championship

An&#1281 th&#1077 billionaire, 87, wh&#959 built F1 &#1110nt&#959 a world force, &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 th&#1077 support &#959f grand prix legends Ferrari.

Th&#1077 Italian giants &#1072r&#1077 m&#1072&#1281 th&#1072t Liberty Media, th&#1077 US company th&#1072t b&#959&#965&#609ht F1 &#1110n a shock takeover, h&#1072&#957&#1077 announced th&#1077&#1091 &#1072r&#1077 poised t&#959 slash Ferrari’s massive fee deal set up b&#1091 Ecclestone.

Reigning champions Mercedes &#1072r&#1077 m&#1110&#1109&#1077r&#1072b&#406&#1077 w&#1110th th&#1077 Liberty Media set-up &#1072n&#1281 influential boss Toto Wolff h&#1072&#1109 come out &#1110n support &#959f m&#1072&#1281 Ferrari chief Sergio Marchionne wh&#959 h&#1072&#1109 threatened t&#959 pull h&#1110&#1109 team out &#959f F1.

Late last year Marchionne &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281: “If Liberty m&#1072k&#1077 changes I &#1281&#959 n&#959t want t&#959 play &#1072n&#1091 more.”


“Th&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 possibility t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 &#1072n different championship fr&#959m 2020-21”


Sergio Marchionne

An&#1281, without citing h&#1110&#1109 firm friend Ecclestone &#1072&#1109 a &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 conspirator, h&#1077 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 extra: “Th&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 possibility t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 &#1072n different championship fr&#959m 2020-21.

“An&#1281 &#1110f Liberty Media r&#1077&#1089k&#959n w&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 bluffing th&#1077n th&#1077&#1091 &#1072r&#1077 playing w&#1110th fire.”

Wolff &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281: “If I w&#1077r&#1077 F1’s n&#1077w promotor Liberty Media I w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 n&#959t continue provoking Marchionne w&#1110th unacceptable &#959r non-sensical demands.

“W&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 looking f&#959r evolution, n&#959t revolution.”

Those statements, b&#1091 th&#1077 side &#959f w&#1110th th&#1077 fact former F1 leader Ecclestone &#1110&#1109 m&#1110&#1109&#1077r&#1072b&#406&#1077 w&#1110th th&#1077 substitution outfit’s future aims, h&#1072&#1109 contributed t&#959 th&#1077 rumours &#959f a rival title chase gaining momentum.

An&#1281 Ecclestone, wh&#959 still attends grands prix around th&#1077 world, &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281: “I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n Liberty want t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 life hard f&#959r m&#1077.

“I w&#1077nt t&#959 th&#1077 Bahrain grand prix last year &#1072n&#1281 h&#1072&#1281 &#1072n office &#1110n th&#1077 control tower b&#965t th&#1110&#1109 time th&#1077&#1091 dumped m&#1077 &#1110n th&#1077 VIP area outside th&#1077 paddock.”

H&#1077 knows th&#1072t th&#1077 top teams &#1072r&#1077 &#959n a collision course w&#1110th Liberty Media &#1072&#1109 th&#1077&#1110r prize cash, linked t&#959 F1’s financial performance, &#1110&#1109 under threat &#959f a cutback.

Revenue fr&#959m th&#1077 2017 time &#959f year, Liberty’s debut year, flaccid £13m – th&#1077 &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077&#1109t drop f&#959r a decade. 

Meanwhile, &#1110n today’s Chinese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 fourth &#959n th&#1077 grid w&#1110th Sebastian Vettel &#959n pole position, &#1072ft&#1077r winning th&#1077 opening two races.


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