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FIS president and fellow-billionaire Johan Eliasch informed reporters earlier than the weekend’s Alpine World Cup season-openers in Soelden, Austria, that he had approached Ecclestone about becoming a member of an advisory board.

Ecclestone informed Reuters from his house in Switzerland that he was maintaining busy and in addition an open thoughts.

“I mentioned it relies upon what you need me to do, what I can do to assist,” mentioned the Briton. “I have never heard from him recently.

Eliasch, the previous boss of sporting items firm Head, was nominated by British ski physique GB Snowsport for the FIS presidency and endorsed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Ecclestone, who mentioned he additionally supported him, has been a daily at Kitzbuehel and long-time backer of a star ski race there.

At Formulation One the Briton famously relied on race promoters, groups, sponsors and media to publicise the game slightly than the business rights holders themselves investing cash in advertising.

Bernie Ecclestone is seen during the KitzCharityTrophy 2020 sideline event at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on January 25, 2020.

The Liberty Media-owned sport now has an lively advertising division.

The Netflix “Drive to Survive” collection has been credited additionally with bringing in a large number of recent followers, notably in America.

Crimson Bull’s championship chief Max Verstappen generated headlines final week when he mentioned he was not participating in it as a result of he felt some rivalries had been faked.

Ecclestone mentioned he had not watched any of it.

“I am a realist and I do know it isn’t going to be very actual. So I understand how these guys act and assume and do, a variety of them,” he mentioned.

“And if you see issues that you understand are utterly improper, then possibly I might get a bit like Max and get a bit upset.”

The Briton mentioned he was, nonetheless, gripped by the present season and the shut battle between Verstappen and Mercedes’ seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton.

“To date it has been Lewis goes to be on pole and Lewis goes to guide from the begin to the top and that is it. No one’s that enthusiastic about it. I am eager now to observe all of practices and all of the races,” he mentioned.

“In the event you mentioned to me ‘I’ve obtained to promote the home and put all the cash on one in all them, what would you do?’ I might say I might in all probability go and play roulette, as a result of something can occur.”

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