Liberty Media is poised to complete its takeover of Formula One this week, with Bernie Ecclestone rumoured to be nearing the end of his forty-four year stint in the sport.
Although his departure is yet to be confirmed, the BBC are reporting that a source close to the big boss has suggested he's ready to go. Whether he stays or not, Liberty have already made moves to reduce Ecclestone's influence by appointing both a new Chairman and Commercial Director. Ross Brawn, in many people's eyes the heir-apparent to Bernie's crown, has been handed a larger role in team relations on the sporting and technical side.
Liberty may offer Ecclestone an olive branch in the form of a somewhat superfluous role as 'Honorary President', though it is unlikely that he'd accept such an offer.
Liberty and Bernie clealry differ when it comes to fans offering: Liberty want to take the sport into the 21st century with online streaming and a stronger social and digital presence; Ecclestone has been incredibly dismissive in the past of such an audience. His penchant for favouring the larger teams in the sport, or rather being strong-armed by them, also clashes with Liberty's intention to distribute wealth more evenly across the grid.