Should sport and politics mix? Bernie Ecclestone has told CNN that they should not -- and that is why he is happy for Bahrain to host a Formula One race next weekend despite protests from human rights groups unhappy with the kingdom's regime.
While doubt remains about whether the Formula One season will begin in Bahrain next month, world champion Sebastian Vettel showed he will again be a force in 2011 despite a frustrating test session in Spain on Friday.
The continuing unrest in Bahrain which left three people dead on Thursday also forced the cancellation of a Formula One feeder series event, raising further doubts that the elite motorsport's new season can begin in the trouble-hit kingdom next month.
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly cast doubt on the participation of two new teams ahead of the 2010 season, suggesting that a Serbian outfit will instead be on the starting grid in Bahrain.
Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One racing mogul, has emerged as a potential saviour for Saab Automobile after teaming up with Genii Capital, a Luxembourg-based private equity fund, to bid for the ailing Swedish carmaker.
Quite the send-off for the late Michael Jackson in L.A. the other day, and it made this space wonder if there's an athlete who would generate a similar arena-sized event replete with 20,000 celebrity-studded mourners and performers, condolences from world leaders, a touching tribute from Ron Artest, a gold-plated casket, a 32-Rolls Royce motorcade with police escort on a closed freeway, a gold-covered commemorative program, scalpers hawking tickets for upwards of $1,000 a pop (a few enterprising souls briefly shot for $25,000), grief-stricken fans pouring in from all corners of the globe, and the rest of the planet re-enacting The Day The Earth Stood Still.
Motorsport governing body, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), plan to sue Ferrari and the seven other Formula One teams threatening to set up a breakaway championship next season, for breach of contract.
It is 9:30 am at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and already it's intensely hot. We're here to interview Japanese driver Kazuki Nakajima for Talk Asia, but we also get an insight into the intriguing world of Formula 1.
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has written to motor sport officials to reject claims by Max Mosley about his intentions, and turned the knife by suggesting the FIA needs a "credible and respected president."
Australian Grand Prix chiefs have ruled out the prospect of a floodlit race in Melbourne, despite a veiled warning from Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone that they could lose their place on the calendar.
Before Formula 1, the young Bernie Ecclestone carved out a lucrative career in the motor trade. And its clear that the lessons he learned early in his career have remained with him. In the intervening years, Britain's third-richest man -- and the overall boss of Formula 1 (despite having sold most of his stake to CVC Capital Partners) -- has amassed a collection of automobiles to delight and amaze.
Singapore has won a five-year deal to host a Formula One race on a street circuit starting next year, and hopes to break new ground by staging the first Grand Prix night race, a government minister said on Friday.
Despite rumors to the contrary, the United States Grand Prix appears as if it may continue to call the Indianapolis Motor Speedway home after the one-year current extension to its contract expires after the race this June.
Fast cars, big bucks, and outrageous comments. Those are the associations usually made with Bernie Ecclestone. But there's more to the Formula One maestro than that -- he's a real family man. And he prides himself on fair play and says his word is always good.