F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said that he hopes Red Bull team principal Christian Horner will succeed him as president and CEO of Formula One Management.
Ecclestone, 83, has controlled the sport for over forty years and been the driving force behind its global expansion during that time period. However, as he currently fights a bribery case, questions about his future are beginning to arise. Despite many names being linked to his role from outside of F1, Ecclestone is keen on his successor coming from inside the sport and he believes that Horner would be a good choice.
“Christian would be ideal,” Ecclestone explained to journalists in Brazil ahead of this weekend’s race. “We could have a transitional period. It needs someone who knows the sport.”
Horner has masterminded Red Bull’s growth from a new team on the grid in 2005 to the four-time world champions that it is today. Ecclestone believes that he has the right qualities to run the sport just as he has, although he gave no kind of time period.
“People deal with me because they know me. I have known them for a long time and they trust me. They know I am straight with them. That is how it is with Christian. I hope we can do it.”
However, Horner has dismissed the speculation and insists that he his focused on his work with Red Bull.
“To be honest, I’m very flattered, but it’s all speculation,” he explained to Press Association. “Right now I am committed to my job.”