Mar.6 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone is not close to lifting his foot from the throttle.

Niki Lauda, Former F1 world champion and RTL TV pundit with Bernie Ecclestone
Niki Lauda, Former F1 world champion and RTL TV pundit with Bernie Ecclestone

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That is the view of the outspoken triple world champion and F1 legend Niki Lauda, admit the latest rumblings about the sport's future beyond the 81-year-old Briton's long reign.

It emerged on Monday that David Campbell, the new head of F1's trackside advertising company Allsport as well as the Paddock Club, had left the role after just a year.

He had been tipped as a likely successor to chief executive Ecclestone, and so his departure sparked new speculation about F1's next 'supremo'. But Lauda, denouncing the rumours as "unnecessary", told Austrian television ORF's Sport am Sonntag: "The end is not in sight for Bernie.

The end is not in sight for Bernie

Niki Lauda

"This discussion has been around for ten years, since he turned 70 -- everyone saying he won't be around for much longer.

"On the contrary: I met with him just recently, he's in high spirits and he keeps doing what he is doing for as long as he wants to -- and I see absolutely no end," the Austrian legend added.