Bernie Ecclestone bribery trial postponed as F1 supremo falls ill

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The German bribery trial for Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has been postponed for today and tomorrow while the 83-year-old tries to recuperate from a bad cold.

According to AFP, Ecclestone’s defense team presented the Munich court with a doctor’s certificate that confirmed Ecclestone was indeed sick. Judge Peter Noll then agreed to postpone the trial for the next couple of days.

Upon delivering the adjournment, Noll himself reportedly told Ecclestone that he did not look well, to which Ecclestone replied, ‘I’m OK.’

A court spokesman told the German news agency SID that Ecclestone was examined by doctors before the certificate was issued.

Last week, jailed banker Gerhard Gribkowsky said that Ecclestone gave him a $44 million bribe to help move along the sale of BayernLB’s stake in F1 to CVC Capital Partners.

However, a public prosecutor appeared today as a witness and said that Gribkowsky had told “fluctuating stories” years ago to help explain his sudden windfall; another German news agency, DPA, reported that Ecclestone’s lawyers looked pleased upon hearing the prosecutor’s testimony.

Ecclestone has admitted to paying Gribkowsky but maintains that it was done because of a blackmail attempt by the banker.

UPDATED: INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama under red-flag race stoppage due to rain

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UPDATE: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is under a red-flag race stoppage after 19 laps due to rain and puddling on the racing surface at Barber Motorsports Park.

Cleaners and dryers are on the track to try and get some of the water off the racing surface. The low spots on the track, as well as the front stretch, have been particularly troublesome and led to several spinouts and at least two wrecks (Charlie Kimball and outside front pole sitter Will Power).

Power’s day is done after suffering irreparable damage to the left side of his car after hydroplaning on the front straight and running into the inside retaining wall.

ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:

Although rain has been falling for nearly an hour and the Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile permanent road course is drenched, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is underway on NBCSN.

The start of the race was moved up from 3:38 p.m. ET to take the green flag at 3:08 p.m. ET.

Josef Newgarden is the defending winner of this race and also will start from the pole for today’s race.

While the race is scheduled for 90 laps, there’s a possibility that if the weather worsens or if lightning appears, it could potentially be shortened to just two hours.

As can be expected, all cars are on rain tires to maximize grip.

Catch the race live on NBCSN.