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Ecclestone sees more potential in Formula E than F1

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Published on April 11, 2019 - Duration: 02:14s

Ecclestone sees more potential in Formula E than F1

Ex- Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone says he would back Formula E ahead of F1 if he was starting out in business today

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Ecclestone sees more potential in Formula E than F1

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (APRIL 10, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

QUESTION ON WHAT ECCLESTONE WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGED IN NEXT 100, 200, 500 RACES 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER FORMULA ONE SUPREMO BERNIE ECCLESTONE SAYING: "I think what we've got to do is either embrace it or get rid of it.

Formula E.

I think manufacturers generally are all moving that way for electric cars.

And it would be obvious then, why not have electric car racing." 3.

QUESTIONER ASKING AGAIN IF F1 HAS AN ELECTRIC FUTURE 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER FORMULA ONE SUPREMO BERNIE ECCLESTONE SAYING: "Well either that, or we get rid of the whole idea." 5.

QUESTION ON WHETHER IF FORMULA E WILL POSE A BIGGER THREAT 6.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER FORMULA ONE SUPREMO BERNIE ECCLESTONE SAYING: "It's a different form of entertainment but Formula E will either get much, much, much bigger and better, which is slowly what they are doing anyway.

And Formula One will suffer because of that." 7.

QUESTION ON IF HE WAS 50 YEARS YOUNGER AND HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FORMULA ONE AND FORMULA E WHAT WOULD HE CHOOSE 8.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER FORMULA ONE SUPREMO BERNIE ECCLESTONE SAYING: "Well, my heart and everything is always with Formula One, so I'd have to say Formula One.

But I'd be a little bit concerned about Formula E for sure." 9.

QUESTION ON IF HE PUT HIS HEART TO ONE SIDE WHICH WOULD HE CHOSE 10.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER FORMULA ONE SUPREMO BERNIE ECCLESTONE SAYING: "I think I'd have to say Formula E.

There's more chance there of big, big expansions and more chances commercially than there is of changing things in Formula One.

The books have been opened and Formula One and everybody knows about Formula One knows what you can do and can't do." STORY: Bernie Ecclestone may have been to more Formula One grands prix than any man alive but if the former supremo could shed the years and start over, he says he would probably embrace electric.

As the sport noisily celebrates its 1,000th world championship race at Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, the 88-year-old Briton -- who once lambasted the current F1 engines as too quiet -- spoke of a more silent future.

Formula E, he said, was sure to grow with manufacturer involvement.

"It's a different form of entertainment but Formula E will begin to get much, much bigger and better, which is slowly what they are doing anyway," he told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday (April 10).

"And Formula One will suffer because of that." Asked which he would choose if 50 years younger and given the opportunity to run either, the Briton replied: "My heart and everything is always with Formula One, so I'd have to say Formula One.

"But I'd be a little bit concerned about Formula E for sure." And if the head held sway over the heart, considering it purely as a business proposition?

"I think I'd have to say Formula E," answered Ecclestone.

"There's more chance there of big, big expansion and more chances commercially than there is of changing things in Formula One." (Production: Will Russell, Mike Brock)

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