F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has vowed never to retire from managing the Formula 1 circus, despite nearing his 80th birthday this year.
Speaking with Germany’s Bild am Sonntag, the F1 chief said: “I cannot stop. For me, to retire means to die.
“If I were to wake up in the morning and have no more problems or nothing more to worry about, then it will be no longer worth waking up,” he said.
Ecclestone rose to power as the manager to the posthumous 1970 World Champion Jochen Rindt, before taking control of the Brabham team and seeing it to World Championship titles with Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet. He headed up the Formula One Constructors’ Association (FOCA) in its long-term battle with the governing body FISA, and even took over the commercial rights to the sport.
One of Britain’s richest men, Ecclestone was
taken to the cleaners divorced by his long-time wife Slavica in 2009, and is now frequently seen with his considerably younger new squeeze, Fabiana Flosi, who has previously been involved with the marketing of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
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