Ex-F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone to Star in Docuseries by ‘Senna’ Producer

Published 06/29/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 22: F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone looks on in the paddock during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 22, 2015 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Like many sports, F1 has been the subject of many documentaries, and there is now another one underway. About the former CEO of Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone, the filming for the documentary is reportedly already underway and Ecclestone was being heavily filmed in his house in Gstaad.

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The producer who got the green light to make the documentary is none other than, Manish Pandey, who won the BAFTA for his work on ‘Senna.’

Furthermore, Pandey has been given archival footage from Formula 1 management to help make the eight-part documentary and the success of Ecclestone in the world of motor racing.

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Bernie Ecclestone is set to get an eight-part documentary depicting his life

As quoted by Variety, Pandey said, “Bernie has been able to reflect, not just on his days as one of the greatest sporting impresarios of all time, but also on his life.”

“In his 90 years, he has traveled the world and met everyone who is anyone, yet he remains incredibly personable and immensely funny. It is a joy to tell his extraordinary story, in full, for the first time,” the producer concluded.

What does Ecclestone have to say about seeing himself on the big screen?

The 90-year-old is responsible for making Formula One what it is today. Having achieved great success in the business side of the sport, Ecclestone vacated his seat when Liberty Media took over the sport.

Now, an eight-part series is being made about his life and the success he found in the world of F1, and he has faith in Pandey for delivering a great documentary.

He said, “This is the first time I’ve trusted anyone to tell my story and the story of Formula 1 and Manish is the only storyteller and director who I believe can bring these to the screen. And he isn’t just a great storyteller.

“He’s also a great fan. He’s been watching Formula 1 since he could walk and his knowledge of the world and its ‘movers and shakers’ is encyclopaedic and his passion unsurpassed.”

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The current CEO of F1, Stefano Domenicali added, “Formula 1 is a truly global sport with over seventy years of history created by Bernie that has a huge part of making the sport what it is.”

“With half a billion global fans and races in 23 countries the interest and excitement around Formula 1 is huge and there will be eager anticipation for this series that will take the viewers on a journey into the life of one of the sport’s most interesting characters,” he concluded.

The movie dubbed, ‘Lucky,’ will be produced by Pandey’s production house, Jiya Maya, and will be available worldwide as ICM Partners represent it.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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