The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) offered its first formal comments in the wake of Liberty Media's acquisition of Formula 1 and its management shake-up.
The FIA and its President, Jean Todt, thanked Bernie Ecclestone for his governance of the sport during his forty-year tenure at the helm.
In today's statement, Formula 1's governing body also welcomed its new owners, led by Formula One Group Chairman and CEO, Chase Carey.
"The world governing body of motor sport, the FIA wishes to thank the outgoing CEO of the Formula One Group, Bernie Ecclestone for more than 40 years of dedication to the FIA Formula One World Championship and as a member of both the F1 Commission and World Motor Sport Council.
The FIA was responsible for creating Formula One when it established the first regulations for the category in 1946.
The Federation remains committed to regulating the FIA Formula One World Championship fairly, safely, and in the best interests of the sport – as it has strived to do since its inception 67 years ago.
The FIA President, Jean Todt, congratulated the new owners of the Formula One Group, Liberty Media Corporation.
“As Formula One’s governing body, the FIA would like to welcome the new CEO, Chase Carey and his entire team to the Championship.
“The whole FIA organization is looking forward to working closely together, with the common goal of improving and growing the sport further with the support of the highly recognized skills of Liberty Media Corporation in the media and sport domains.”