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Group principals said Friday previous powerbroker Bernie Ecclestone still had a part to play in Formula One after the prominent takeover of the game by Liberty Media.

Ecclestone’s opportunity as the brilliant ringmaster of Formula One was viably completed in January when US-based Liberty Media finished its takeover of motorsport’s most prestigious brand in an arrangement esteemed at about $8 billion.

There have been dissensions that under the 86-year-old Ecclestone, Formula One has neglected to move with the circumstances, and the new possession saw him shunted into a counseling part as “director emeritus”.

However, group principals in Melbourne Friday for the Australian Grand Prix, which commences the new Formula One season on Sunday, said regardless he had a place in impressive worldwide game.

“What Bernie’s accomplished for Formula One has been astounding,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told a question and answer session. “The game is the thing that it is today in view of what he made. I think in the part that he has, he’s as yet going to be in a position to contribute.

“Despite everything he has an immense measure of chronicled learning, regard and connections around the globe and I surmise that tackled and utilized as a part of the correct way is an advantage for Formula One,” he stated, including he trusted the new proprietors can utilize Ecclestone “helpfully”.

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene said F1’s quality was down to the work of Ecclestone. “I believe that Bernie merits all our regard in light of the fact that on the off chance that we are here and if the game develops it is on account of him,” Arrivabene told columnists.

“I feel that the new gathering that is owning Formula One is here to make this game develop significantly more so there is no future without the great verifiable base.”

As a feature of the new F1 administration structure, new director and CEO Chase Carey will have previous Mercedes F1 group supervisor Ross Brawn and Sean Bratches, once a business official with North American games TV slot ESPN, running the donning and business arms of F1 individually under him.

Updated: March 26, 2017 — 11:56 am

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