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How Ecclestone’s new F1 documentary defies expectations

OPINION: A new documentary series charting the life and works of Bernie Ecclestone captures the enigmatic power of a key figure in Formula 1 history, says MAURICE HAMILTON

Dealing with Bernie Ecclestone was never easy. Whatever the circumstances, or your apparent strength as inquisitor, he would look you in the eye, pause for an unnerving second or two, and then offer his response in a soft but vaguely menacing tone.

I was reminded of that within the first minute of ‘Lucky!’, a docuseries in which Ecclestone tells his story. To the background of slow, subdued music, that familiar face fills the entire screen while looking straight at you. His pale features and mop of grey hair, set against a stark white background, present a spectral, spooky image that’s so Bernie – and immediately unnerving. 

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