How Ecclestone triggered his own downfall

How Ecclestone triggered his own downfall

The roots of Bernie Ecclestone's rapid departure from the Formula 1 throne are clear to see in how he went about his business in recent years. Here is the full story of his rise and fall

The end, when it came for Bernard Charles Ecclestone, was devastatingly swift.

In September last year, when Liberty Media made initial moves towards acquiring control over Formula 1's commercial rights, he spoke of a three-year deal to remain as chief executive officer of a championship he had dictatorially - if occasionally benevolently - ruled for 40 years. Now, just four months on, his role is restricted to that of figurehead.

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