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Carey claims Ecclestone lacked vision

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04/05/2017

F1's new boss Chase Carey has hit out at his predecessor Bernie Ecclestone, claiming the Briton lacked vision.

While admitting admiration for the way in which Bernie Ecclestone took an elitist sport and turned it into one of the biggest and most-watched - one that his bosses were willing to pay $8bn for - Carey believes that in recent years the Briton has focussed purely on the short term.

"Day-to-day I find a level of frustration," he told Press Association Sport. "It was very much a sport that got into a habit of saying 'no' too much.

"I want to be saying 'yes' to a whole lot more," he continued. "What is the value of having an idea if the answer to everything you want to do is 'no'? All it does is create frustration.

"There are an array of things that weren't done that needed to be done," he said. "We felt it was a sport that for the last five or six years had really not been managed to its full potential or taken advantage of what was here.

"All of us make mistakes and nobody is perfect. Bernie took a business from decades ago and sold it for eight billion dollars. He deserves all the credit in the world for what he has done. But in today's world you need to market a sport. We were not marketing the sport.

"When you have someone so identified with the sport for such a long period of time there is always going to be some degree of complexity. I will do what I think is right.

"Bernie's style was divide and conquer, to keep everything very close, but we want it to be a spirit of partnership in that we compete on the track.

"The teams, the promoters, Formula One and the FIA all have a shared vision of where we want the sport to go and building it in a way that is healthy for everybody.

"It has been three months and we have been very clear that one of the things the sport has not been served well by is a continued short-term focus, and what we are going to do next week," said Carey, as the sport approaches the (oh so tedious) one hundred days mark under Liberty's ownership.

"We care more about where the sport is going to be three years from now than three months from now," he added. "Bernie was always very focused on the short term, and our focus is on building long-term value.

"Some of the decisions that were made needed to have a better process to think through. The current engine, for example, ended up being too complicated, too expensive, and lost some of the sound that added to the mystique of the sport."

As it happens, Ecclestone was vehemently against the new formula, and having delayed its initial introduction, to the fury of the manufacturers, continued to be critical of it.

"We will do things and some things take time," admitted Carey, "you are not going to have a new engine in two months because if you tried to do that you are going to do more harm than good.

We want to make sure we have the tools to manage the business as opposed to throwing things out there so somebody has a media story."

Thus far, ten out of ten in terms of promises and rhetoric about what Liberty is going to do. Now we await some action.

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1. Posted by Spindoctor, 04/05/2017 17:21

"Fine words butter no parsnips...."

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2. Posted by GrahamG, 04/05/2017 17:00

"Still think there is potential in a technical alignment between LMP1 and F1. In terms of power plants they are both trying to achieve the same and bringing the two together would give a range of ideas and solutions as well as spreading cost.
Actually the same applies to tyres and transmissions"

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3. Posted by jo6pac, 04/05/2017 16:03

"I agree Chris and I watched FA on u-tube yesterday all I could think is why isn't F-1 doing this. Tomorrows ISMA at COTA is on ISMA own streaming feed.

I'll check into F-1 but to pay to watch Never."

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4. Posted by Ro, 04/05/2017 16:00

"Well Mr Carey, its up to you now to do something. At the moment all we have heard is wind."

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5. Posted by edllorca, 04/05/2017 15:25

"Bernie never had vision for F1. He DID have vision for money and good vision for that but let's call a a spade a spade, the sport was a mere vehicle (pun intended) to get the money, he would have delved into any endeavour to get that kind of money."

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6. Posted by VC10-1103, 04/05/2017 14:51

"Having been following F1 since 1968, personally I think Bernie ruined it."

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7. Posted by Editor, 04/05/2017 12:59

"@ TedS

I think, if you read it, you'll see that we wrote "we await action".

This is in terms of the old adage regarding actions and words. Thus far, all we have had from Liberty is talk... hence we await some actual action. Talk, remember, is cheap."

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8. Posted by TedS, 04/05/2017 12:50

"Did you not read what you wrote? You want action? That is why F1 is screwed up. People wanting action and a quick fix. Bernie's knee-jerk reaction over the complaint of the day lead to much of what is wrong for the sport."

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