Bribe charges “a complete load of rubbish” – Ecclestone

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Bernie Ecclestone has rubbished the charges of bribery being levelled at him in Germany.

Ecclestone told his biographer Tom Bower in an interview for the Sunday Times: “I still don’t know what the German prosecutors think.”

“I wish I was guilty – it would be much easier,” he added. “The charges are a complete load of rubbish.”

A German court is investigating allegations Ecclestone bribed banker Gerhard Gribkowsky in 2006. Gribkowsky was convicted for taking the bribe last year and the court is set to announce its findings on Ecclestone, which could have major ramifications for Formula One.

Ecclestone told the newspaper: “I’m innocent.”

“I’m British, I pay my taxes and, in the end, the truth will come out.”

Ecclestone says he made payment to Gribkowsky to prevent him making false claims about his business affairs which could attract the attention of the British tax authorities.

“I offered him £11m ($16.71),” Ecclestone admitted. “I would save over £2bn ($3.04bn) in taxes, so it was cheap. Gerhard said he’d settle for £50m ($75.97): the final deal with £44m ($66.85).”

Ecclestone testified at Gribkowsky’s trial (pictured) during which Andre Favre, an aide of Ecclestone’s, said he was told to pay $5m to Gribkowsky “using a special company so his name wouldn’t appear”.

Defending winner Takuma Sato to grace front of 2018 Indy 500 tickets

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has unveiled what the ticket for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 will look like.

The ticket features blue and red foil stamped with a sculptural embossing of last year’s 500 winner, Takuma Sato, in victory lane, holding the ceremonial winner’s bottle of milk. Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, driving for Andretti Autosport.

The ticket was revealed Thursday during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse that featured Sato, now with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, as well as Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles, IMS President J. Douglas Boles and Hulman Motorsports Senior Vice President of Events Allison Melangton.

The Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be held Sunday, May 27 at IMS.

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