Bernie Ecclestone, 2013

Ecclestone offers millions to end bribe trial

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Bernie Ecclestone, 2013In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone wishes to take advantage of a provision under German law for him to settle his bribery case in Germany.

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Ecclestone Seeks to Settle Corruption Case for 25 Million Euros (Bloomberg)

“Defence lawyers for Bernie Ecclestone told the Munich judges trying him for corruption that the Formula One chief is prepared to pay Bayerische Landesbank 25 million euros ($33.6 million) if the criminal case is dropped.”

Ecclestone offers £20m to drop bribery trial (The Telegraph)

“His lawyers’ statement suggests the court process – due to run until October for two days a week – is proving a drain on Ecclestone. He has been keeping a noticeably lower profile in recent months.”

Ecclestone in talks to settle German bribery case (FT, registration required)

“German law has a provision that enables criminal cases to be settled with lesser punishments, including financial settlements, under certain circumstances.”

Ecclestone Makes Second Offer Of $40 Million To End Corruption Trial (Forbes)

“The first offer was declined and discussions about the second one are currently underway.”

Start, Red Bull Ring, 2014“Kein stehender Start nach Safety-Car” (Auto Motor und Sport, German)

Bernie Ecclestone says the plan for standing restarts in 2015 will now not go ahead, despite having been approved by the World Motor Sport Council last month, and now requiring the unanimous approval of teams to remove the rule for next year.

Ferrari deny Fry reports (Sky)

“According to Sky sources, Fry has been dismissed in the latest act of behind-the-scenes bloodletting following the team’s underwhelming performances at the dawn of F1’s new hybrid era.”

Raikkonen heading in right direction (Autosport)

“It was more fun because the car has been feeling a bit better, which makes life easier and lets you enjoy it more.”

Marco Mattiacci: Ferrari not here to finish second, so no shutdown (The Guardian)

“We are about 1.2sec behind the leaders, which means months or even years of work, so we cannot allow ourselves to shut down mentally.”

‘F1 needs drivers to be heroes’ – Horner (ESPN)

“We need to allow the drivers to be able to express themselves more without being criticised. We need to allow their personalities to come out.”

New Jules Bianchi column: “Voyage to the centre of Formula One” (James Allen on F1)

“For me Ferrari is like a second family and to drive full time with that Prancing Horse remains my goal, my ultimate dream.”

Max Mosley sues Google over sex party photos (BBC)

“The 74-year-old wants Google to block pictures first published in the now-defunct tabloid News of the World, which he successfully sued in 2008.”

Petitioning Jean Todt, president, Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) (Change)

Petition started by former FIA medical delegate Gary Hartstein in the wake of Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident.

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Praise for Ferrari’s strategy which netted their best result of the season so far in Hungary:

The changing conditions demand quick thinking from drivers and team strategists and it makes the races way more interesting.

Mercedes did not want to risk, Ferrari had to and they went for the quick softs to secure their podium. I was watching Sky’s post-race programme and Marco Mattiacci’s eyes were wet after their amazing result. That man has passion and it’s not a bad thing.
@JCost

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On this day in F1

It looked like a slow McLaren pit stop for Ayrton Senna had handed victory to Alain Prost at the Hockenheimring on this day in 1989. But a gearbox problem struck Prost with three laps to go, leaving Senna to head a one-two for the team.

Nigel Mansell was over 80 seconds behind in second place, while the other Ferrari of Gerhard Berger crashed out.

Here’s the start of the race – keep an eye out for a bizarre early retirement for Philippe Alliot.

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