Vital F1 | I'd be worried if I was guilty says Ecclestone
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

I'd be worried if I was guilty says Ecclestone

The bribery scandal hanging over the head of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone doesn't have the 82-year-old worried.

Ecclestone has previously been questioned as part of a police investigation into a multi-million pound bribery scandal.

The case which is in direct relation to Formula One's sale to private equity firm CVC back in 2006 has already seen Gerhard Gribkowsky jailed for more than eight years for tax evasion, breach of trust and taking 28 million in bribes during the sale of F1.

German state prosecutors are trying to establish who paid around $50million to Gerhard Gribkowsky, who at the time was overseeing the sale of BayernLB's stake in F1.

Gribkowsky had been accused of selling a 48% stake in Formula One without legal valuations while receiving an apparent $50million bribe disguised via consultancy agreements.

Ecclestone has not been officially accused of having any connection with those payments and has always denied any involvement, however the court did describe Ecclestone in the closing remarks as 'the accomplice'.

'I would be (worried) if I was guilty!' Ecclestone told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera as quoted by Sky Sports.

'But I'm not! Are they trying to entrap me? I don't know and I don't care! All I know is that people try anything when money is involved!

'It won't get to me appearing in court.'


Ecclestone has also been part of a war of words with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo ever since the climax of the 2012 Formula One World Championship.

It all appeared to kick start over Ferrari's complaints regarding Sebastian Vettel's apparent over-take under yellow flags in Brazil, which was quickly cleared up when a video showed a green flag being waved by a marshal.

But since then di Montezemolo has hinted towards it being time that Ecclestone steps down as F1 boss, but the comments have not bothered Bernie.

'Montezemolo is still a friend and I'm convinced that he didn't really intend to say the things he said about me, about my age and my ability to continue to work. I'm happy - it's just 'role playing' he told Autosport Magazine.








Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on VitalF1.com, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on VitalF1.com!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 7 2013

Time: 12:00PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

2017 Australia GP - Qualifying (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP3 (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP2 (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP1 (Saturday March 25 2017)

More calls to ban the shark fins (Friday March 24 2017)

Renault call for engine budget cap (Thursday March 23 2017)

Blog: Melbourne Preview (Thursday March 23 2017)

Renault can improve - Hopefully (Friday March 17 2017)

McLaren looking shaky (Wednesday March 15 2017)

Surtees dies aged 83 (Tuesday March 14 2017)

Ferrari end second test on top (Monday March 13 2017)

F1 ratings in UK collapse (Friday March 10 2017)

Brawn pushing for cash race for teams (Wednesday March 8 2017)

Ferrari on top in the wet (Friday March 3 2017)

New deal for Russian Grand Prix (Friday March 3 2017)

Merc and Ferrari pick up the pace (Thursday March 2 2017)

Ferrari faster than Mercedes? (Wednesday March 1 2017)

Bottas sees Hamilton as great challenge (Tuesday February 28 2017)

Horner calls for shark fin ban (Tuesday February 28 2017)

Alonso held talks with Mercedes (Monday February 27 2017)

Bottas targets F1 title (Friday February 24 2017)

Renault take Red Bull aero expert (Thursday February 23 2017)

Pirelli already making excuses? (Thursday February 23 2017)

Williams adds new head of aerodynamics (Wednesday February 22 2017)

Renault engine can beat Mercedes (Wednesday February 22 2017)

Allison announced at Mercedes (Tuesday February 21 2017)

New deals for Wolff and Lauda (Monday February 20 2017)

Wehrlein sidelined due to back injury (Monday February 20 2017)

Williams backs F1 budget cap (Monday February 20 2017)

Sauber launch 2017 car (Monday February 20 2017)

Hamilton sends warning shot to Bottas (Friday February 17 2017)

F1 to break the US market (Thursday February 16 2017)

Rosberg doesn't agree with his replacement (Wednesday February 15 2017)

F1 pecking order unlikely to change (Tuesday February 14 2017)

Important Pirelli tyre test ends early (Monday February 13 2017)

Todt believes F1 doesn't need changing (Thursday February 9 2017)

Ford not interested in joining F1 (Tuesday February 7 2017)

Wolff backs Bernie's influence (Monday February 6 2017)

2017 Formula One Calendar (Friday February 3 2017)

Brawn becomes F1 director (Thursday February 2 2017)

Ecclestone still welcome (Wednesday February 1 2017)

F1 shake up (Tuesday January 31 2017)

Manor collapse (Monday January 30 2017)

F1 is what I love to do says Massa (Tuesday January 24 2017)

Rosberg lacked passion for F1 (Monday January 23 2017)

Renault bidding to match Mercedes (Thursday January 19 2017)

How long has Bottas joined Mercedes for? (Wednesday January 18 2017)

New optimism for McLaren (Wednesday January 18 2017)

Bottas announcement expected (Monday January 16 2017)

Australia prepares for 2017 F1 (Friday January 13 2017)

Paddy Lowe leaves Mercedes (Wednesday January 11 2017)

Pirelli uncertain over new 2017 tyres (Tuesday January 10 2017)

Toro Rosso to rebrand engines? (Thursday December 29 2016)

Williams pays tribute to Symonds (Wednesday December 28 2016)

Marko mocks Mercedes (Tuesday December 27 2016)

Merry Christmas from Vital F1 (Sunday December 25 2016)

Renault building for 2017 (Friday December 23 2016)

Honda wants to supply second team in 2018 (Thursday December 22 2016)

Gasly building bridges with Marko (Wednesday December 21 2016)

I'll take on anybody says Hamilton (Tuesday December 20 2016)

No room at the Red Bull Racing Inn (Friday December 16 2016)

Mercedes now regret Hamilton instruction (Thursday December 15 2016)

Mercedes to take no action on Hamilton (Wednesday December 14 2016)

Mercedes offer 10million for Bottas (Monday December 12 2016)

Formula One to return to France (Monday December 12 2016)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. DJ 1122
2. Red5 1109
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 592
6. Druss_the_Legend 576
7. Push The Button 497
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 200
10. VanGisbergen2013 148

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who will win the Australian Grand Prix?
Hamilton 40%
Bottas 4%
Vettel 20%
Raikkonen 8%
Ricciardo 8%
Verstappen 8%
Someone else 12%