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Ecclestone heads straight back to work following trial

Aug 8, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

Germany F1 Ecclestone Trial AP

Bernie Ecclestone has wasted no time celebrating the end of his bribery trial in Germany, with his focus instead switching to getting back to work at the very top of Formula 1.

The 83-year-old saw his trial come to an end following a $100m payment to the court – as permitted by German law – earlier this week. He had been accused of paying a bribe to influence the sale of Formula 1 back in 2005, but the trial ended with no conviction and innocence assumed.

However, he was in no mood to celebrate, telling The Independent that he would be immediately switching his focus back to running F1.

“I’m not really celebrating. It’s just not me,” he said. “I’ve just got to get on with work. I’ve got things I need to catch up with so I’m cracking on.

“It’s a weight off my mind. I have been wasting two days a week. Now I can get back to doing what I should be doing.”

And he stayed true to his word. Press Association‘s Ian Parkes tweeted that Ecclestone was back at his desk in London just three hours after proceedings in Munich had come to an end.

  1. techmeister1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    The decision to allow Bernie to bribe his way out of prison for previously bribing a state official is the most offensive judicial decision I have ever seen from the German courts. What a disgrace! I would have never expected this from Germany but I guess now days any criminal can buy their way out of prison if they bribe enough people with enough money. It certainly makes a mockery of the judicial systems and makes you wonder about the people in the judicial system who are suppose to be representing and protecting the populace from crime. Does ANYONE believe multiple bribes are actually justice?

  2. hkfan5 - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Bernie paid 2.5% (that’s right. two point five) of his net worth to get out of this mess. Leave it to Bernie to swing the best deal possible.

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