On Monday Formula One changed forever. After 50 years involved with the sport and 40 running it Bernie was finally ousted from the top spot in F1. He has been given an honary chairman position but the days of Bernie doing whatever he wants are long gone now.
Despite Liberty Media and Chase Carey, CEO giving the impression that Ecclestone wouldn’t necessarily be ousted, it seemed like the writing was on the wall with the takeover. Ross Brawn returns to F1 as director of sporting matters in a move that will please many, and Sean Bratches completes the trio being in charge of commercial matters. Bratches is an experienced marketing exec from the US but largely unknown in F1 circles.
The move represents a big change from the days when Bernie would walk down the grid in rain, that you could barely walk in let alone drive, and tell them all they was racing. Bernie has done so much for the sport, through his stewardship he has directed it through those formative years into a global powerhouse.
Now though, with a new management team in place, the face of F1 is set to change. Many inside the sport, including Nico Rosberg and Martin Brundle have celebrated the change acknowledging the need for change. Bernie has taken it as far as he can, but now F1 needs to modernise and move on.