Ecclestone returns attention to F1, puts court case behind him

Bernie Ecclestone (right) seen prior to the 2014 Formula One Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium on Sunday 24 August 2014.

Steven Tee

Formula One team bosses agree that Bernie Ecclestone has bounced back after the conclusion of his inevitably distracting German court case – and say that his return to form is good for the sport.

Ecclestone hosted a meeting of team principals at Spa on Saturday, where ‘improving the show’ formed the main part of the agenda.

“It’s great that Bernie is full time again,” said Christian Horner. “F1 needs Bernie at the moment. There’s a few issues that we need to get on top of, and there’s no better person to do it than the little man himself.”

“I think what is important is stability in F1,” Toto Wolff. “I have seen a very strong Bernie coming back from the shutdown, coming back after the court case has been settled. And this is good news. Whatever the governance, whatever the management of F1 is going to be going forward, I think the shareholders and Bernie are looking very much into, how it can be down best for the future of F1. For us it’s important to have a strong guy, a strong leader, and good discussions.

“I’m sure there is lots of talking behind the scenes, what’s going on in the future, but for us it is very good that Bernie is fully concentrated, back in shape, strong, and leading the organization at this stage.”