Liberty Media: same as the old boss?

Liberty Media promised a fan-focused, F1 revolution when they took over from Bernie Ecclestone. On the surface, their approach seems like a breath of fresh air. But 18-months since their takeover Liberty appear no less elitist than their predecessor. The takeover of F1’s commercial rights by Liberty heralded the end of Bernie Ecclestone. After decades of…

Go ahead Ferrari, make my day

The announcement of outline plans for F1’s future engine formula prompted Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne to threaten to pull his team out of the sport. Unhappy with the proposals for greater standardisation of engine parts from 2021 onwards, Marchionne issued the threat to withdraw F1’s longest running team. F1 without Ferrari considered unimaginable Regular F1…

Bernie’s F1 legacy (from a fan’s perspective)

Many articles have been written recently about Bernie Ecclestone’s F1 legacy. Since the abrupt departure of the former F1 commercial chief much has been said about what he did for the sport. Most articles have been written from the perspective of an F1 insider. But what about his legacy from a fan’s perspective? The people on the outside looking in?…

If I was Chase Carey…

Bernie is out and the new ‘dream team’ heading up F1 is led by Chase Carey and Ross Brawn. Since the shock departure of F1’s dictator last week Brawn and Carey have been on something of a charm offensive. Everything they have had to say has been met with varying degrees of cautious and fervent optimism. As…