Ecclestone names Horner as his 'ideal' successor
Speculation over Ecclestone's future has heightened in recent weeks due to a high-profile lawsuit brought against the F1 supremo and other defendants relating to allegations of bribery during the sale of Formula One in 2006. The sport's majority shareholder, CVC Capital, has said it would replace Ecclestone if he is found guilty, although Ecclestone himself has denied any wrongdoing.
Ecclestone believes Horner could be the man to step in should he decide to stand down, but foresees a transition period in which he shows the Red Bull owner the ropes
"Christian would be ideal," Ecclestone was quoted by the Daily Telegraph. "I would be happy to hold his hand. We could have a transitional period. It needs someone who knows the sport. 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 has run the sport for 40 years and says it would need a similar style of management for F1 to work going forward.
"People deal with me because they know me. They know I'm straight with them. That's how it is with Christian. I hope we can do it."
Horner recently said he had no interest in taking F1's top job and is committed to Red Bull.
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