Ex-Formula 1 team boss-turned-TV pundit Eddie Jordan has called for the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone to step down.
In a surprising outburst – given Jordan’s long-established close links with Ecclestone – the controversial former Jordan team chief told BBC Radio 5 Live today that it was time for a new generation of ownership to take control of F1.
His words come as a joint bid to buy into F1 from the Miami Dolphins NFL team owner Stephen Ross, through his RSE Ventures company, and the Qatar sovereign wealth fund is expected in the coming weeks.
"I think he's done a remarkable job but time has played its role and he should go," Jordan said of Ecclestone.
"We need to leave it for the next generation in a better state. He has to keep asking himself that and where the timeframe is for him to leave. I think it's now.
"The man is a legend. He has taken the sport from absolutely nowhere but, at the end of the day, he's not immortal. He may think he is but he's not.
"There are times you have to say 'look, I've done everything that I can do'.
"It does need somebody radical in there who is going to really shake it all about and go back to basics."
Yesterday, former FIA president Max Mosley told the BBC he wouldn’t expect Ecclestone’s role to change if RSE Ventures and Qatar bought current owner CVC's 35 per cent shareholding in F1.