F1 » Ecclestone ‘a bit of an idiot’ for settling


Bernie Ecclestone says he has been “a bit of an idiot” by paying £60 million to settle his bribery case because “the judge more or less said I was acquitted”

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Taz

August 06, 2014 8:53 AM

The crazy old fool has no shame.

If he came up with the hateful double points while F1 didn't have his full attention I dread to see where the next few years will take the sport. The massively decline in TV audiences should get his attention.

Ptolemy

August 06, 2014 9:09 AM

I'm not a genius or anything but... Paying a bribe to get out of trouble for paying a bribe? Does everyone else see this?
I'd say Bernie made more than $100m by bribing the German guy in the first place. Now the Judge lets him pay another bribe to make it all go away. So this is a win-win for Bernie. As always, Bernie wins.

MCP

August 06, 2014 10:54 AM

The Poison Dwarf really pulled off a nice bit of Karma Houdini, here.

Of course, because he wasn't actually convicted, he and his lawyers can and will constantly harp on about being innocent. Although, I think most people in the world know the difference between actually being found not guilty and buying your way out of a trial before a verdict has been passed.

If I was the prosecutor, I'd have demanded at least double that figure. $100 million isn't much more than pocket change to this dude.

I always wonder, though, why these people who have billions in the bank feel the need to make even more. Going as far as taking perhaps legally dubious or even downright illegal measures to do so when they're already set up for life as it is.

I guess the bottom line is that they're just fundamentally greedy people.

redhumvee

August 06, 2014 10:56 AM

now we all know the reason why russia and mexico have been granted a new race so bernie the con artist can get his 60 mill back then he will ditch the circuits after a year or two out of everything he is the one doing i repairable damage to f1 not the new regs

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