Ecclestone's tough style made F1 great, says Piquet

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet says his time spent at Brabham proved to him what a great leader Bernie Ecclestone would subsequently become for the sport.

Ecclestone's tough style made F1 great, says Piquet
Nelson Piquet, drives the Brabham BT49
Nelson Piquet
Nelson Piquet, drives the Brabham BT49
Nelson Piquet, in the Brabham BT52 at the Legends Parade
Nelson Piquet, in the Brabham BT52 at the Legends Parade
Nelson Piquet, Charlie Whiting, and Herbie Blash

Piquet won the 1981 and '83 drivers' titles with Ecclestone as team owner at Brabham during a seven-year stint with the team from 1979 to 1985.

Ecclestone, 86, has been replaced by Chase Carey as Formula 1 CEO, putting an end to the Briton's 40-year reign. 

"The example that I learned from Ecclestone is about the way he treats things with transparency," Piquet told Motorsport.com – Brazil.

"When I had a contract with him, I knew if I don't race well in two races, I would be out of the car.

"And now, I know he was right.

"Formula 1 is what it is today because of Bernie. Any company, any country, if you have a smart manager, who knows how to do things, who knows how to organise, it goes forward."

Taking racing lessons into business

Following his racing career, Piquet founded the company Autotrac, which provides safety tracking systems for commercial vehicles.

He says his firm's success was built on the lessons he learned from his motor racing career, which also included starts in the Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours. He won his third F1 title with Williams in 1987.

"I would not say I learned from Bernie Ecclestone, but I learned from motorsport, that everything needs a beginning, middle and an end. You need to do things works with discipline and teamwork.

"I learned it after 20 years racing, I put it inside my company and I had huge success. Valuing people, working with a goal and starting and ending things.

"This is a thing that I learned from motorsport and I put it into my business life. I started to work when I was 40, and it helped me a lot."

Interview by Felipe Motta

shares
comments
Renault F1 team confirms switch to BP/Castrol

Previous article

Renault F1 team confirms switch to BP/Castrol

Next article

New Formula 1 bosses target budget cap

New Formula 1 bosses target budget cap
Load comments
Why momentum is again behind Australia's aces Prime

Why momentum is again behind Australia's aces

At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers Prime

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers

Michael Schumacher is the latest sporting superstar to get the ‘Netflix treatment’, with a special documentary film airing on the US streaming giant’s platform this month. DAMIEN SMITH has the inside track on how the filmmakers gained access to tell the human story behind one of Formula 1’s most publicity-shy champions - while the man himself, for obvious reasons, is in absentia… 

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2021
Why Verstappen should be confident of Russian GP recovery Prime

Why Verstappen should be confident of Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi...

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2021
Why dumping the MGU-H is the right move for F1 Prime

Why dumping the MGU-H is the right move for F1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2021
The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Prime

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. Damien Smith brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1.

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background Prime

Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background

OPINION: Formula 1 reconvenes for the Russian Grand Prix two weeks after the latest blow in ‘Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton’. While the Silverstone and Monza incidents were controversial, they thankfully lacked one element that so far separates the 2021 title fight from the worst examples of ugly championship battles

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
How Mika Hakkinen thrived at Lotus Prime

How Mika Hakkinen thrived at Lotus

Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline

Formula 1
Sep 21, 2021
The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Prime

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2021