Bernie Ecclestone Says Formula E Will Grow At The Expense Of Formula 1

Ex-Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has suggested that Formula E has a brighter future than Formula 1.

Speaking with Reuters prior to this weekend’s 1,000th F1 world championship race, the Chinese Grand Prix, the 88-year-old British businessman said there are huge opportunities for growth in Formula E.

“It’s a different form of entertainment but Formula E will begin to get much, much bigger and better, which is slowly what they are doing anyway. And Formula One will suffer because of that”, he commented.

Ecclestone added that when looking at the two open-wheel racing series’ from a business standpoint, it’s Formula E which immediately stands out: “There’s more chance there of big, big expansion and more chances commercially than there is of changing things in Formula One.”

Ecclestone spent decades at the head of the Formula 1 World Championship and only relinquished his control over the sport in 2017, when Liberty Media purchased Formula 1. Despite not attending as many races as he once did, Ecclestone says he has probably been to more than 800 F1 races, including the very first 1950 British Grand Prix, the inaugural race of the F1 world championship.

However, while Ecclestone currently speaks in favor of the business opportunities presented by Formula E, he wasn’t always fond of the idea of an all-electric, open-wheeled racing series.

In fact, Formula E chief Alejandro Agag told CNN last month that Ecclestone was an outspoken critic of the sport and never thought the championship would prove successful. Last month, Formula E celebrated its 50th race, and during the 2017-2018 season attracted more than 300 million viewers globally.

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  • Bash

    Lets not pretend that we already saw that coming. I mean come on! Everything will be electric. I wonder at what point they will look at ships and planes/jets.

    • TheHake

      Back to propellers for planes?

      • Bash

        lol, you know they have been doing few electric jet engines tests for awhile.

        • TheHake

          Those are make-belief. Bring back the props!

    • Dark Rebel

      I think it could grow big but for me I have no interest in going to an event in person since there would be no sound. Unless they bring back Grid girls they will have to entertain in other ways. Even worse would be TV hearing no sound but just the announcers talking.

      Purely electric vehicles will allow for radial designs no doubt because electric cars a very simple in terms of components. No matter how they look I’ll still have a ICE onboard all of my vehicles.

      • Bash

        Agree, You know what is even worse than that, imagine a race fro an Autonomous EV cars!!

        • Dark Rebel

          That would be so lame! Just like those toy cars that are programmed and the kids watch the car haha. When I was a kid we enjoyed actually playing with our tracks and toy cars! I laugh at your proposal but in the future that will be the only types of racing allowed haha because of muh safety!

        • Belthronding

          my eyes bleeding now!

      • Bill Nguyen

        They do make sounds though, they make weird whooshing/whirring sounds! Like a vacuum!

        • Dark Rebel

          Yea I know that but even a vacuum is loud! Although not pleasant it can be heard from away. I know they could amplify the sound but that would lead to fake sounds being introduced!

  • Toss

    Must be Nostradamus Bernie to see that?

  • illogicalPotato

    Put a sock in it Bernie, Formula E is absolute garbage to watch in person. How many investors paid him to say this I wonder? Bernie only tries to stir up the pot for money.

  • Ayrton

    Team rules, favouring one driver over another fixing the outcome of races to manipulate points. That kind of thing.

    “You either commit yourself as a professional racing driver that’s designed to win races or you come second or you come third or fifth and am not design to come third, fourth or fifth, I race to win.”
    – Ayrton Senna

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