Bernie Ecclestone, Singapore, 2010

Ecclestone denies bribing Gribkowsky

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bernie Ecclestone, Singapore, 2010In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone argues he did not bribe German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky as more details of the case emerge.

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Ecclestone denies ‘bribe? in Formula One sale (The Telegraph)

“Mr Ecclestone denies that it was a bribe and says that Mr Gribkowsky threatened to tell HM Revenue & Customs that he controlled the [Bambino] trust if the $44m was not paid.”

Razia not giving up on F1 (Sky)

“There should be the step forward from GP2 to F1, but with these kinds of budget issues it is difficult to get promoted. So, for sure I am looking for opportunities – even IndyCar would be good if I got the chance. But it is all about getting the chance and if there is a good opportunity coming up I will take it for sure.”

Memories of The Old Man (ESPN)

“The news value may have been zero (the proposed signing had long-since been announced) but it was an extraordinary occasion simply to witness. Here was a perfect demonstration of the Old Man’s implicit power. Even the normally voluble Balestre was subdued. Bernie, of course, scarcely uttered a word.”

In praise of… TSL Timing (Motorsport Musings)

“Perhaps I am just easily pleased – I don?t think I am – but I can?t understate how essential this service is for anyone who is partial for a bit of national motor racing and is keen to know what is actually going on when they are trundling around the circuit.”

Giedo van der Garde City Racing Rotterdam helmetcam (Caterham via YouTube)

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Thomas says Daniel Ricciardo deserves the Red Bull seat:

Ricciardo really deserves that seat, he has been blisteringly quick in a Toro Rosso and it will be interesting to see him in something that doesn?t eat its tyres.

He has achieved the highest ever dry qualifying result in Toro Rosso history and that includes when they used to be Adrian Newey cars.
Thomas (@Infi24r)

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On this day in F1

Ronnie Peterson won the Austrian Grand Prix for Lotus 40 years ago today. Peterson had let team mate Emerson Fittipaldi pass him, as he was chasing Jackie Stewart in the championship, but the Brazilian driver’s Lotus failed with five laps to go.

Stewart took second and Carlos Pace gave Surtees their second and final podium finish with third place.