Why Ecclestone is about to strike back

Why Ecclestone is about to strike back

Months after being ousted from his position at the top of Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone has emerged once more. What is he planning - and why is Ross Brawn the apparent target?

Two months ago, after news broke that Bernie Ecclestone had been unceremoniously booted upstairs with the fancy title of "chairman emeritus" by the incoming owner of Formula 1's commercial rights, Liberty Media, speculation abounded that it was the last F1 would see of the 86-year-old.

Such suggestions were fuelled a week later by news that Ecclestone and various co-directors of the holding company had cashed in tranches of shares. This pointed to Bernie becoming disillusioned with the direction taken by the company he built he had built over a period of 40 years, and was phasing himself out.

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