Ecclestone denies latest trial is bad for F1’s image


Bernie Ecclestone does not believe the court case between him and German media company Constantin Medien reflects poorly on the sport.

Speaking to reporters after his latest High Court appearance Ecclestone said: “It’s good because a lot of facts come out of it”.

The Formula One Management CEO spent four days under cross-questioning and stands accused of agreeing to sell F1 for less than its true value and paying German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to protect his position of power within the sport. Earlier in the trial the arrangement Ecclestone was party to was described as a “corrupt bargain”.

Ecclestone continued to maintain his innocence. “You have to live with all these things,” he said. “These people are there doing a job. Some people trying to win a case say what they think is the right thing to say to win the case.”

During his final day of testimony Ecclestone said he did not recall a meeting which took place at the time Gribkowsky was being sentenced to jail.

“I don’t remember what the meeting was for but, if you – I don’t remember the meeting but, if you said – I have hundreds of meetings a month but, if you said there was a meeting, there obviously was a meeting but I don’t remember what it was for.”

IndyCar 2017 driver review: All posts, one place

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In case you missed any of MotorSportsTalk’s extensive 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series driver-by-driver reviews on, we’ve combined them all into one post.

See the full rankings below. Of the 38 drivers that raced at least once this year, 23 of them ran anywhere from six races to the full 17-race schedule, and got a full review. Drivers who competed in four or fewer races were packaged into the “remaining part-timers” post.

1. Josef Newgarden
2. Simon Pagenaud
3. Scott Dixon
4. Helio Castroneves
5. Will Power
6. Graham Rahal
7. Alexander Rossi
8. Takuma Sato
9. Ryan Hunter-Reay
10. Tony Kanaan
11. Max Chilton
12. Marco Andretti
13. James Hinchcliffe
14. Ed Jones
15. JR Hildebrand
16. Carlos Munoz
17. Charlie Kimball
18. Conor Daly
19. Mikhail Aleshin
20. Spencer Pigot / 22. Ed Carpenter
21. Sebastien Bourdais / 25. Esteban Gutierrez
23-24, 26-38. All the rest