Bernie Ecclestone, Singapore, 2010

Judge says Ecclestone payments was a “bribe”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: A High Court judge says Bernie Ecclestone’s disputed payment was a bribe.


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Hardly anyone was placated by the BBC’s explanation for their deal with Sky. Here’s CRM:

The annoying thing for me is that the BBC threw away two years of full coverage of all races to jump into this deal. If they had let their five year contract to show every race run to the end and then negotiated this I would have said fair enough.

The way they got out two years early to save money makes it unacceptable to me.

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On this day in F1

Renault announced a contract extension for Vitaly Petrov on this day last year, confirming the Russian would remain with them for two seasons.

However he only completed one year of the deal before being replaced by Romain Grosjean.