Bernie Ecclestone is one of the world’s great deal makers. He loves them and has done some very good ones, both for himself and for those around him. He transformed what used to be a travelling circus into the global phenomenon that is Formula 1 today. Above all else, however, Bernie is a racer, a man who lives to win.
During the lockdowns he, his wife Fabiana and their son, six-month old Alexander have been at their home in Gstaad, Switzerland, where Bernie also owns the Hotel Olden. He keeps a close eye on the sport that was his fiefdom for four decades. On the phone from his home, he takes us back to the early days of his career, and looks ahead to the challenges facing F1 today.
Motor Sport: So Bernie, let’s start in the 1950s when you raced bikes and cars. When did you get bitten by the racing bug and did you have any ambition to be a top driver?