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Originally Posted by oink
For better or worse, B.E. has hammered F1 into a successful autoracing business....something few (with the exception of the France Family) have been able to do.
For me at least, he is a mixed bag, but I won't deny the F1 show works very well.
I am not sure what RB has in mind for the kid.
I think, ultimately, whoever drives for them next year will have to have Vettel's approval.
Having a pi$$ed off 3 time World Champion (and one of the greatest drivers ever) on your team is suicidal.
If RB has shown anything over the years it is they are very VERY smart.
I agree with both points. First, although Bernie Ecclestone is something only a mother could love, it's hard to argue against the proposition that he has been good for F1. He has essentially run the series since the '70s and it has remained the premier automobile racing series ever since. Bernie has always been an autocratic sleazeball but that doesn't mean that he hasn't been an effective and farsighted manager.
I also agree that Red Bull is unlikely to try to stick a new driver down Vettel's throat. Vettel is likely the greatest current driver in F1 and is on his way to being one of the greatest of all time. It is in the team's best interests to do what it takes to keep him happy.
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