Marco Tronchetti Provera, Bernie Ecclestone, Shanghai, 2012

Ecclestone: “It would be much easier if I was guilty”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Marco Tronchetti Provera, Bernie Ecclestone, Shanghai, 2012In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone continues to insist his innocence amid allegations he bribed a German banker.


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‘In Formula One, everyone cheats. The trick is not to get caught (The Times, subscription required)

“I still don’t know what the German prosecutors think. I wish I was guilty – it would be much easier. The charges are a complete load of rubbish.”

Bernie Ecclestone prepared to buy New Jersey Formula One Grand Prix a race promoter (AutoWeek)

“We may do something in New York. We don’t have to own the promoter but we would be happy if we took it on.”

Chilton dismisses ‘rich kid’ snipes (ESPN)

“Chilton was at pains to point out that he had sold stakes in himself to 30 sponsors to fund his place, and only a few of those were to his family.”

Sauber confident of more progress (Autosport)

“Sauber is confident it has made progress with solving the rear-end instability problem that held it back early in the season.”

Schumacher lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife (YouTube)

Sex, drugs and fast cars: The legend of James Hunt has set Hollywood hearts racing (The Independent)

“He may have been said to have slept with 5,000 women and had the words “Sex, breakfast of champions” sewn on to his overalls, but for all the gloss and glamour, there was another side to Hunt. He was a nervous driver, who vomited before every race. He was a sensitive animal-lover, who reared budgerigars, and banned hunting on his Buckinghamshire farm.”


Comment of the day

Is Red Bull’s criticism of the tyres strengthened or weakened by the form they’ve shown so far this year?

They were saying it in Malaysia, you know, that race they got a one-two in. As I?ve said elsewhere, the fact they are saying these things even though they are leading both championships actually adds credence to their comments.

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On this day in F1

Zolder held the Belgian Grand Prix for the first time on this day 40 years ago. The race went ahead despite severe problems with the track surface in practice which repeatedly broke up.

Jackie Stewart led a one-two for Tyrrell after team mate Francois Cevert spun out of the lead. Emerson Fittipaldi was third.

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