Juan Pablo Montoya is a bigger loss to formula one than the similarly departed Jacques Villeneuve, according to F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
But to the ‘Grand Prix’ magazine, the diminutive 75-year-old Briton generally played down the disappearance of big names in 2006. The biggest loss, of course, is seven time world champion Michael Schumacher.
Ecclestone, though, reckons the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994 was a bigger blow to his sport.
“(Senna) had more supporters than Michael, and more charisma,” Bernie said.
“Of course, it is painful that they have gone, but not a tragedy.”
Ecclestone said a new generation is already lining up to become formula one’s stars of the future. He named Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Robert Kubica and Nico Rosberg.
He continued: “And others will arrive as well.
“Elvis died but music went on. When I am gone, things will be the same as they were before.”