Ecclestone: Christian Horner “ideal” successor

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has named Red Bull team principal Christian Horner as the ideal candidate to succeed him when he steps down.

Ecclestone, who has grown the sport commercially over the last 40 years, is currently facing corruption charges regarding the sale of Formula One in 2005 to current owner CVC Capital, whose co-chairman Donald Mackenzie revealed on Monday that the 83-year-old will be fired should he be found guilty.

“Christian would be ideal. I would be happy to hold his hand. We could have a transitional period. It needs someone who knows the sport,” Ecclestone told reporters today at the Brazilian grand prix in Sao Paulo.

Horner, who turned 40-years-old over the weekend, has been head of Formula One world champion team Red Bull since its creation in 2005.