F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has named Red Bull team boss Christian Horner as his preferred successor when the 83-year-old leaves his post.
Currently Ecclestone is embroiled in a number of court battles, most notably in London, over an alleged bribe of $40m paid to now jailed banker Gerhard Gribkowsky during the sale of F1 in 2005.
This week one of the co-founders of the group CVC, who eventually bought F1 that year, David MacKenzie attacked Ecclestone saying their time at the top of F1 has been full of “constant crisis” and said the long-time CEO would be fired if found guilty.
While always playing down the speculation linking him to F1′s top job, Horner, who turned 40 at last week’s US Grand Prix, has always been close to Ecclestone.
“Christian would be ideal for my job,” Ecclestone is quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I would be happy to hold his hand. We could have a transitional period.
“It needs someone who knows the sport,” Ecclestone explained. “If someone comes in from outside, a corporate type, I don’t think I could work with them. It wouldn’t last five minutes.”
Ecclestone added that he knows Horner well and trusts him: “I hope we can do it,” he said.
Currently Horner is tied to a contract with Red Bull until 2016 and with success still coming Horner believes there is no reason for him to change, however, with several key personnel set to leave and the medium-term future of Adrian Newey also uncertain, anything is still possible.
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