Many happy returns Bernie!
Maranello, 28 October – Today is an important day for Bernard Charles Ecclestone, as he turns eighty years of age. On behalf of everyone at Ferrari, President Luca di Montezemolo chose to send him birthday wishes through www.ferrari.com: “I have known Bernie since the start of the Seventies, when I was Scuderia Ferrari’s Sporting Director and he ran Brabham and we enjoyed some good sporting battles. From the Eighties onwards he played a key role in the development of Formula 1, as it evolved in a global sport and spectacle, comparable to the Olympics and the football World Cup. He has given so much to this sport, of that there is no doubt and, as I am sure he is well aware, he has also got a lot out of it. There are few people in this world who have a better understanding of motor sport and the business that goes with it. Today is a special day and I hope he is spending it with those who are most dear to him. Happy returns Bernie and many more of them!”