An eight-part docuseries charting the life of ex-Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is in production.
Ecclestone, 90, was involved in Formula 1 for over six decades, initially as a driver manager, then owner of Brabham, before controlling the sport’s commercial rights.
Ecclestone remained as de facto CEO of Formula 1 until 2017, when Liberty Media acquired the championship.
An eight-part docuseries, titled ‘Lucky!’, is being produced by Jiva Maya, the company run by Manish Pandey, who wrote and produced the ‘Senna’ documentary.
Ecclestone was extensively filmed at his home in Gstaad during the Covid-19 lockdown while Formula 1 will supply archive footage for the documentary; no release date has yet been issued.
“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,” said Ecclestone.
“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.”
Current Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali added: “Formula 1 is a truly global sport with over 70 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 the series that will take the viewers on a journey into the life of one of sport’s most interesting characters.”