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“The 256-page indictment against the 83-year-old billionaire paints a picture of an autocrat who was so concerned about losing power that he paid part of a $44m (£26m) bribe to a former German banker, Gerhard Gribkowsky, to keep his job.”
- Judge: Ecclestone did pay bribe and was not “reliable or truthful”
- Ecclestone wins court case over ‘corrupt deal’
- Why Ecclestone faces a trial which could end his control of Formula One
“I’m sure there are a lot of things that I don’t really like at this stage, but in the end we have the same car.”
“We’ve not made much progress, and this circuit has really shown where our problems are. We’re not very quick at the moment and we’re destroying our tyres, which is one of our biggest problems, and we can’t get the fronts working.”
“The Mercedes Formula One team reckons that Nico Rosberg was fortunate to finish the Chinese Grand Prix following his first corner contact with Valtteri Bottas.”
“In comes Marco Mattiacci, yanked from his bed before the hour had struck 6am by Di Montezemolo, who began the telephone exchange with a line that might start a novel: ‘This is my idea.’”
Comment of the day
Was Vettel wrong to postpone letting Daniel Ricciardo past during the Chinese Grand Prix?
I have a hard time understanding why Vettel is vilified for racing while the Mercs and everyone else is admired for the same. I think Vettel was perfectly right in saying tough luck. In fact I am more disappointed in Red Bull for giving team orders. Even if it may have cost a podium (which is questionable) I still think it makes better spectacle for racing and also would have given Ricciardo more credit.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
Two years ago today Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix, fending off pressure from Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen in the middle of the race.
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