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Ecclestone denies latest trial is bad for F1’s image

Nov 13, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Britain Ecclestone Court

Bernie Ecclestone does not believe the court case between him and German media company Constantin Medien reflects poorly on the sport.

Speaking to reporters after his latest High Court appearance Ecclestone said: “It’s good because a lot of facts come out of it”.

The Formula One Management CEO spent four days under cross-questioning and stands accused of agreeing to sell F1 for less than its true value and paying German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to protect his position of power within the sport. Earlier in the trial the arrangement Ecclestone was party to was described as a “corrupt bargain”.

Ecclestone continued to maintain his innocence. “You have to live with all these things,” he said. “These people are there doing a job. Some people trying to win a case say what they think is the right thing to say to win the case.”

During his final day of testimony Ecclestone said he did not recall a meeting which took place at the time Gribkowsky was being sentenced to jail.

“I don’t remember what the meeting was for but, if you – I don’t remember the meeting but, if you said – I have hundreds of meetings a month but, if you said there was a meeting, there obviously was a meeting but I don’t remember what it was for.”

  1. lowboytrucking - Nov 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Look at that guys face. It just screams ” miserable douche”. Give us our sport back please.

  2. worknman24hours - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Well, this is like the guy that just smashed into your car saying your car doesn’t look that bad.

    When the top guy in the sport is being publicized as a crook worldwide, yes, it looks really bad.

    Sadly, what this court case shows is just what you have to do in a lot of circumstances to do business worldwide.

    Bernie is not the first guy to have to payoff politicians to get his affairs done in various countries and he won’t be the last.

    Frankly, the only real thing Bernie did wrong was let this get out in public.

    Now he will have to find a way to make Formula One look like the victim is every parts of this guys dealings with Bernie.

    Otherwise, there will be permanent restrictions on what Bernie Ecclestone can do to promote Formula One worldwide.

    For the very first time in Bernie’s life, he will have limits on what he can do to get money pushed Formula One’s way and more importantly the control over that money flow.

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