Montezemolo: Horner as Ecclestone’s successor a joke
27 November, 2013
Luca di Montezemolo has dismissed as a joke Bernie Ecclestone’s claim that Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is his ideal successor as Formula 1 supremo.
Amid the Ecclestone corruption affair, and the 83-year-old’s advancing years, it is believed the sport’s owner CVC would prefer to headhunt from outside the sport.
But, even though Horner subsequently reaffirmed his commitment to Red Bull, Formula 1 chief executive Ecclestone said last week that he would be “happy” to help the 40-year-old find his feet if the younger Briton indeed took charge of the sport.
And when asked about his comments this week by Spain’s Marca newspaper, Ecclestone answered: “[Horner] is an intelligent man and I think he would get on with all the people [with whom] he would have to.”
When asked about Ecclestone’s apparent naming of his chosen future successor, Ferrari president Montezemolo told Italian television Rai Uno that it was a joke.
“As the years go by, he more and more enjoys making jokes and I’m happy [that] he still has the desire to do so.”
Montezemolo also questioned Ecclestone’s nomination of Red Bull’s new quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel as better even than Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna.
“Ecclestone says what suits him,” he answered, “[and] there is no doubt [that Vettel] is a great driver. He is a serious young man who has won a lot and therefore he deserves respect.” (GMM)
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