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King could be heir to Ecclestone’s F1 throne

Apr 1, 2013, 4:29 AM EDT

Formula One supremo Ecclestone poses as he arrives for the FIA Prize-Giving ceremony in Istanbul

Could supermarket boss Justin King succeed Bernie Ecclestone as the man in charge of the world’s number one form of motor racing?

Ecclestone’s vision has shaped Formula One for almost four decades, harnessing the vast income from the sale of television rights to make it a truly global sport.

The 82-year-old’s work ethic remains indefatigable, but it’s no secret that he cannot go on forever.

Acknowledging that, F1 owners CVC appointed head hunter Egon Zehnder last year to craft a succession plan so the sport is prepared for life after Ecclestone.

Among those tipped as a potential successor to Ecclestone is 51-yeal-old Justin King, boss of major British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.

King fulfils the first requirement of a potential successor: he’s a fan of the sport. So much so that son Jordan is pursuing a career in racing.

Jordan King has graduated from Formula Renault 2.0 to the FIA’s European Formula Three championship this year. The fact his blue-and-white Dallara’s flanks bear the logos of Goodfellas pizzas, King of Shaves razors and other Sainsbury’s suppliers has not passed without comment.

Ecclestone remains tight-lipped as ever on the subject of his successor: “I’ve no idea whether the boss of a company like Sainsbury’s could do my job,” he told The Guardian.

Whoever gets the gig certainly has big shoes to fill: Ecclestone was recently named the 22nd most powerful man in sport by Sports Illustrated magazine.

  1. apexassassin - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Like him or hate him, Bernie has been there for F1 for so long, I’m almost frightened of a future without him.

    Better the devil you know…

    • icemanpjn - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:43 AM

      Uncle Bernie is old and senile now. I really want somebody with all of their mental faculties running things for a while.

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Bernie started out in the right direction with f1 and as with most unscrupulous, evil people he lost his grip on reality when the pursuit of money and power took hold. F1 will do just fine without Bernie and FOTA is fully capable of managing it as need be. I hope that he is convicted and spends the rest of his days in prison for the many criminal acts he is alleged to have committed.

  3. purplesectornet - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Are you serious? FOTA doesn’t even have all the teams as members…LOL. Bernie is evil and belongs in prison? Many criminal acts? LOL.

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