It seemed a matter of when, not if, Bernie Ecclestone’s days running Formula 1 on a day-to-day basis would end once Liberty Media Corporation acquired the sport.
Monday provided the formal confirmation, with Chase Casey installed as CEO of Formula 1 in addition to his existing duties as chairman. Meanwhile Ross Brawn and Sean Bratches have been named to Managing Director positions of Motor Sports and Commercial Operations, respectively.
Reactions to the news have began, and are linked below.
Newly crowned World Champion Nico Rosberg thanked Ecclestone, while noting a change has been “overdue.”
Romain Grosjean of Haas F1 Team posted his thoughts:
Zak Brown, new executive director for the McLaren Technology Group and seemingly, perpetually rumored as a replacement for Ecclestone, called him a “very hard act to follow.”
Circuit of The Americas, the new home track for Formula 1 in the United States, also offered sincere thanks.
Other key figures in F1 and the racing world have weighed in:
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