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Bernie Ecclestone: F1's new owners want to erase me from history

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Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says the sport's new owners, Liberty Media, want to remove him from the history books.

When Liberty's takeover was completed earlier this year Ecclestone, who controlled the sport for 40 years, was moved into the role of chairman emeritus. His former job has been split into different parts, with Ross Brawn in charge of the sporting regulations and Sean Bratches working on the commercial side, with both reporting to new chief Chase Carey.

Ecclestone, who wanted to stay on as CEO for another year, feels like the new owners are trying to minimise the influence he has on the future direction of the sport.

"I can't do anything," Eccelstone told the Mail on Sunday. "Even the staff have been told they shouldn't talk to me.

"They want to get rid of the Bernie era: 'Let's get rid of Bernie's history'.They always say the same thing, they probably think it makes me happy but it doesn't: 'He has done a super job but we have to move on', and they may be right."

Ecclestone has defended the way he ran the sport in the past, saying he treated every aspect of it like a five-star Michelin restaurant.

'I look at it in a different way to other people. Everyone wants to go to a restaurant where you can't get a seat. So I was very strict with things like paddock passes. Liberty's philosophy is more open. They have an American culture and at an American race everyone is in the paddock and the pits and they can chat with the drivers and sit in their cars.

"In F1, we have been running a five-star Michelin restaurant, not a hamburger joint. But maybe now the cuisine will be more accessible. Maybe it will even have a better taste."