Bernie Ecclestone has denied he will start a rival championship to Formula One after losing his position as the sport's chief executive.

Ecclestone's 40-year stranglehold on the sport came to an end earlier this week after American giants Liberty Media completed their takeover.

Chase Carey, already the Formula One chairman, was given the title of CEO, bringing the curtain down on Ecclestone's long-standing reign.

Unsubstantiated reports subsequently emerged that Ecclestone, 86, could promote a breakaway series.

But in a statement released on Friday night, Ecclestone said: "I wish to clear up the rumours that I am starting a series to compete against the FIA Formula One World Championship.

"I have built the Championship over the last near 50 years, which is something I am proud of, and the last thing I want, is to see it damaged.

"The new owner of the company will be able to carry out the administration of the company in a different way to the way I had, which was to produce financial results for the shareholders, the normal actions of a chief executive.

"This, I have done for the different shareholders over the last years and also when I owned 100% of the company. I would have loved the luxury of what Chase Carey, the CEO, is able to do.

"I hope the F1 supporters appreciate this as Chase intends to put money back into the sport.

"I am very touched by the support and thanks that I have received from the people that I have dealt with over the years."

Formula One is poised to enter a new era following Liberty's acquisition of the sport.

Carey, who will be flanked by ex-Mercedes boss Ross Brawn and Sean Bratches, formerly of ESPN, has already promised a shake-up, calling for more races in bigger cities - with a 'Super Bowl' build-up to each race - and greater promotion of the sport.

The new season gets under way in Melbourne on 26 March.