F1 » Ecclestone ready to appear in ‘amusing’ bribery trial

F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has said that he, and others, would be prepared to testify in the case accusing him of collusion in the sale of rights to CVC.

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January 14, 2013 1:06 PM

bernie says he is "prepared " to attend court...well, methinks that he will HAVE to!

but it is odd, he claims that the money was not a bribe, but was in fact a blackmail payment. well if that was the case, why has he not had the recipient charged?

i doubt that he will be amused if he is found guilty, but maybe the rest of us will.


January 15, 2013 5:01 AM
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I have seen many a witness make strident claims like "bring it on" outside the Court, only to later confront the realisation that in contemptuously answering the barrister's seemingly benign questions, they have completely sunk themself. Be on you guard Bernie and avoid making media statements, since they can provide some of the best ammunition for a well prepared counsel.


January 15, 2013 6:38 AM

First of all, it's a civil case. IE monetary compensation, NOT jail time. In this case, Bernie will not end up in jail regardless of the verdict.

And secondly, in situations like this he chooses his words very carefully, and most of all, deliberately. He's easily the wiliest old ****** I've seen. I highly doubt he's going to trip himself up. Personally I think he's just beginning to make his opponent wonder whether to back down.

Sean - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 9:39 AM

@rxracer ... excellent post! ... and very accurate, something that people dont do around here very often is to consider the actual facts! ...

I agree completely with your views on Bernie, and lets not forget, he was asked to settle, he said no, let the judge decide ... Bernie is a billionaire, and we all know just how much talking money like that does ...

Finally, I am an avid, more than fanatical fan of F1. I have read a lot about the man who has created the F1 that we know today, and I simply cannot understand why people dislike him ... he talks mostly for effect in front of the cameras, although, in a negotiation, he's a formidable opponent ... and those that know that side of him absolutely LOVE him, save for Luca de Montezemolo, who lets be honest, is a very good friend to Bernie ...

I'll stick my flag in the sand ... I think the guy is a genius! ... and long may he reign over F1! ... those that want rid, want his money and his power! ... that's all!

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