Mike Stevens | Jun 21, 2010

He turns 80 later this year, but Bernie Ecclestone has vowed never to retire.

"I cannot stop," the British Chief Executive of F1 told the German Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

"For me, to retire means to die. If I were to wake up in the morning and have no more problems or nothing more to worry about, then it will be no longer worth waking up," the former team owner, who rose to power with Max Mosley by his side in the late 70s, said.

He was divorced from his long-time wife Slavica last year, and is now frequently seen with much-younger new girlfriend Fabiana Flosi, involved with the marketing of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Ecclestone confirmed that he now lives with Flosi in London.

 

Red Bull To Use F-duct In Valencia: Vettel

Red Bull is bidding to return to dominance on the streets of Valencia next weekend by using an F-duct system.

With Red Bull earlier looking set to walk the 2010 title, McLaren crept onto the pace in Turkey and then leapt to the top of the championship with a one-two victory in Canada last weekend.

Red Bull used its initial version of McLaren's downforce-stalling F-duct concept in practice for the Turkish Grand Prix, but then decided to develop it further rather than take it to Canada.

Valencia, like the long straights and slow corners of Montreal, is another circuit that is expected to play into the hands of McLaren and the British team's original F-duct.

Vettel was the highest placed Red Bull in Canada with just fourth place, but on Friday he said the North American round is now in the past so that the team can "fully concentrate" on Valencia.

"There, with the F-duct system we are getting an important part on the car," he told Germany's Auto Bild Motorsport.

"Our technical chief Adrian Newey did not come to Canada in order to put the finishing touches on the new system at the factory," added the 22-year-old German.

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