Bernie Ecclestone, 2011

Ecclestone’s latest trial to begin on Thursday

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bernie Ecclestone, 2011In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone will go on trial in Munich on Thursday on charges of bribery.

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Bernie Ecclestone to stand trial in Munich for bribery (The Guardian)

“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.”

Sebastian Vettel: “There are a lot of things that I don’t really like…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“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.”

Button baffled by McLaren decline (The Telegraph)

“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.”

Mercedes feared Rosberg wouldn’t finish (Autosport)

“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.”

Comment: Fernando Alonso has become used to taking the walk-on role – he and Ferrari need a change of script (The Independent)

“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.
@Vishy

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