From the Daily Mail 16.10.2011, reporting on Tamara Ecclestone, 26, daughter of Bernie Ecclestone, 82, Formula One supremo, selecting a name for her proposed line of hair care products:
‘I originally wanted to call it Formula One or One Formula, because obviously there is quite a link between me and F1 and a formula is something you can put in your hair. I thought my father would be proud of me when he called to ask how the business was coming along.
‘He asked me if I had come up with a name and I told him my idea. Next thing I know my dad is saying he’s going to sue me.
‘He said to me, “Tamara, are you fucking mad? I don’t think you quite understand. People pay me a lot of money to use the F1 name and that logo. It has taken years of work to build up that brand. Did you really think I was just going to give you that name and let you use it?”
‘I said “Err, yes”. I realise now people pay him millions of pounds and have to write him letters asking to use the Formula 1 brand name. So I kind of lost that one, so now it’s going to be called Uno.’
Some other Bernie Eccleston comments:
In 2000, stating that women would never excel in Formula One:
“She would have to be a woman who was blowing away the boys. ... What I would really like to see happen is to find the right girl, perhaps a black girl with super looks, preferably Jewish or Muslim, who speaks Spanish.”
In 2005 Danica Patrick came fourth in the Indianapolis 500. Interviewed by and Indianapolis TV station, Bernie Eccleston stated:
"She did a good job, didn't she? Super. Didn't think she'd be able to make it like that. You know, I've got one of these wonderful ideas that women should be all dressed in white like all the other domestic appliances."
A 2009 interview with the Times:
“Terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the way that he could command a lot of people able to get things done."
In the same interview:
"If you have a look at a democracy it hasn’t done a lot of good for many countries — including this one".
Eccleston’s comments about Hitler attracted criticism, including from various Jewish organisations, prompting him to say:
"I'm just sorry that I was an idiot. I sincerely, genuinely apologise."
Told by Associated Press that the World Jewish Congress had called for his resignation, he said:
“It's a pity they didn't sort the banks out," referring to the financial crisis of 2007-2010. "They have a lot of influence everywhere."
Same subsequent interview:
"Many of my closest friends are Jews."