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F1 Official Denies Meeting Concerning Ecclestone's Future
Published July 13, 2009
|CVC Capital Denies Wanting To Move
Ecclestone Into Honorary Position
MINUS TWO? In London, Edward Gorman reported FIA President Max Mosley "will not stand for election again." Ecclestone: "I have no doubt in my mind, as long as I've known Max, he's always done what he said he would do" (LONDON TIMES, 7/11). In Manchester, Paul Hayward wrote the question is not whether removing Ecclestone and Mosley "will restore F1's identity but whether F1 has an identity to restore." F1 has "treated its audience with contempt for so long that one wonders whether it can ever learn how to behave, post-Max and Bernie" (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 7/12).
ACTING QUICKLY: In London, Sylt & Reid reported Ecclestone "began preparations for a new series called GP1," as Ecclestone's company Epsilon Ltd. filed "trademark applications for logos to 'GP1 Series' and 'GP1.'" Epsilon also "bid for trademark ownership of the words 'Formula Grand Prix' and 'Formula GP.'" Sylt & Reid noted the applications, which "cover sporting events, broadcasting and clothing," were "made on June 19, the same day that the top eight F1 teams announced they would set up their own rival series" (London SUNDAY EXPRESS, 7/12).