Ecclestone asks Hungarian President “Was your crown made in China?”

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The Hungarian Grand Prix organisers marked the 25th anniversary of their first F1 race this weekend.

They put on a lavish ceremony attended by F1’s top drivers, Formula One Management CEO Bernie Ecclestone and the new Hungarian President P??l Schmitt.

The video below from Hungarian news site shows some highlights from the event including an amusing exchange between Schmitt and Ecclestone – the F1 boss asking whether a 1,000-year-old crown he was shown had been “made in China”.

Fortunately the Hungarian president seemed to take the joke in the manner it was intended.

Earlier Schmitt thanked Ecclestone for arranging the first Hungarian Grand Prix in 1986, when Hungary was still part of the Eastern Bloc:

I would like to express my distinguished gratitude to Mr Bernie Ecclestone who decided around 30 years ago he would have a race in one of the former socialist countries.
P??l Schmitt

Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Heikki Kovalainen, Lucas di Grassi, Timo Glock, Bruno Senna and Sakon Yamamoto were among the drivers present.

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33 comments on “Ecclestone asks Hungarian President “Was your crown made in China?””

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  1. Yum , that pit babe at 1:35,know wonder they love this race

  2. Bernie: “Was your crown made in China?”

    Prez: “No. Unlike your wig.”

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