F1 » Ecclestone: HMRC couldn't have proved anything, but....

Bernie Ecclestone makes no secret of paying disgraced banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, but insists that it was not for the reasons being given in court.

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Jarvissimo - Unregistered

November 11, 2011 4:20 PM

This is from the man who wheels and deals in billion pound deals with the likes of Ferrari, Mclaren, Honda BMW etc and backs THEM into a corner. Give in to a single little blackmailer..... i dont think so.

Dangerous Dave - Unregistered

November 11, 2011 4:57 PM

Thats alright then Bernie! we are all confident that your integrity remains untarnished and any suggestion of impropriety on your part would be nothing but a malicious rumour. In fact, your elevation to the realms of Mother Teresa are surely written in stone!

mrfill - Unregistered

November 11, 2011 5:23 PM

What with the 95m house and now the 12m wedding it looks like Bernies daughter has exceeded the RRA for this year -even though its less than 0.5 percent of his wealth.


November 11, 2011 5:36 PM

First post on crash.net from myself, I've been a huge fan of motorsport for 30+ years 2 wheels and 4.

Let's not forget he was granted immunity before testimony! This always stinks and is normally only used when a guilty party is needed to testify against another guilty party e.g Mafia and other crime syndicates well criminals in general.. If you didn't do it why pay up or get given immunity. I'm not going to slander him but their is a lot of forgotten/hidden and re-written history with this guy and the old guard of F1.

Skid Carrera - Unregistered

November 11, 2011 5:37 PM

Calm down everyone! It's a simple as this - you don't get to be in Bernie's position without wheeling and dealing on a daily basis. Most of us wouldn't be prepared to do what he's done, and still does, which is why he's a self-made billionaire and we're not. Unless there are any billionaires reading.


November 11, 2011 6:12 PM

@ Skid Carrera very valid point and no I'm not a billionaire but I know enough about businesses and taxes to understand that you don't get to that point of being a self made billionaire without very good accountants/ personal managers/ advisors/ tax specialists who you pay to be fully aware of every aspect of your financial situations and tax obligations due to the nature of all the deals, meetings, legal paperwork. If these people are true professionals they'll have full information and any investigation would be easy to answer. He admits he couldn't take the risk of a costly liability upto 2billion as he couldn't be sure there wouldn't be any evidence to prove but there migt have been so he paid nearly 30million to this bloke and he now faces an investigation anyway. All I'm saying is something smells.

jim - Unregistered

November 11, 2011 9:12 PM

Once Bernie leaves, retires or passes the main F1 teams will break away and form their own series. That will be the real F1, less rules with more money controlled by the teams.

Why allow others to profit from the sport when you can spend it all innovating.

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