Wednesday August 15th, 2001
FIA President Max Mosley believes Formula One would not be affected if Bernie Ecclestone stopped running the sport.
According to Mosley, Formula One Supremo Ecclestone, 70, deserves credit for the way he has managed the Championship up until now. However, he thinks the sport would survive if the Briton left.
"[F1 would do] Better than you think [without Ecclestone]," Mosley told F1 Racing. "All great businesses require an entrepreneur to get them going and then they move into the managerial phase. Bernie is very good at persuading the teams to do things, but in the end the teams do it because it suits them.
"Now a good manager would do the same thing. The style might change but, unless they mess up the rules, I don't see why F1 can't go on being extremely successful."
However, Mosley believes none of the current team owners could take over from Ecclestone, himself former boss of the Brabham team back in the seventies and eighties. Instead, Mosley says, the sport should be run by a professional manager.
"I don't believe any of the current team principals could run the business," he added. "I don't think any of them could do what Bernie does, or would or should do what Bernie does. He was a very unusual team boss principal, a bit of a one-off. I think it should be an outside, professional manager."
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