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Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Bernie Ecclestone. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Bernie Ecclestone, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, 11th June 2010. Copyright LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), 2010. Used with permission.

Bernie Ecclestone, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, 11th June 2010. Copyright LAT Photographic 2010. Used with permission.

Born:

28 Oct 1930
St. Peter South Elmham, Suffolk

Nationality:

Great Britain

Grands Prix:

0 (1958)

Teams:

Brabham (1972-1987)

The undisputed driving force behind the sport's commercial and global expansion, Ecclestone's qualifying attempt was not a serious qualification, but he was not without driving talent. He started in his management phase in the sport as a driver-manager and then went on from there to manage Brabham. From there on, he became the driving force of FOCA and for over fourty years was, put simply, very much the leading ringmaster of F1 and a multi-billionaire to boot. His recent authority was slightly overshadowed by a corruption trial, which was eventually settled out of court in 2014 and this eventually led to him being replaced as Formula 1 supremo in January 2017. He will remain involved as an adviser and consultant but his day to day role is now over.

Biography last updated 24 Jan 2017