A High Court judge had questioned if payments made by Bernie Ecclestone to banker Gerhard Gribkowsky were bribes, despite the commercial rights holder insisting otherwise.
Ecclestone hasn't denied making payments to Gribkowsky during the sale of the sport back in 2005, but said they were part of a subtle 'shakedown' by the banker – who is accused of receiving bribes to influence the sale of F1.
According to The Telegraph
, Mr Justice Vos questioned whether that statement was correct, stating 'Isn't that a bribe?' when the payments were mentioned.
The civil proceedings being heard in the High Court in London are running alongside a criminal case against Gribkowsky in Germany with former F1 shareholder Constantin Medien behind both proceedings.
“Constantin welcomes this important procedural step and will be pressing on with the determination of damages against Gribkowsky and in the continuing proceedings against Ecclestone and (Stephen) Mullens, and Bambino Holdings,” lawyer Keith Oliver was quoted as saying.