Ecclestone heads straight back to work following trial

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Bernie Ecclestone has wasted no time celebrating the end of his bribery trial in Germany, with his focus instead switching to getting back to work at the very top of Formula 1.

The 83-year-old saw his trial come to an end following a $100m payment to the court – as permitted by German law – earlier this week. He had been accused of paying a bribe to influence the sale of Formula 1 back in 2005, but the trial ended with no conviction and innocence assumed.

However, he was in no mood to celebrate, telling The Independent that he would be immediately switching his focus back to running F1.

“I’m not really celebrating. It’s just not me,” he said. “I’ve just got to get on with work. I’ve got things I need to catch up with so I’m cracking on.

“It’s a weight off my mind. I have been wasting two days a week. Now I can get back to doing what I should be doing.”

And he stayed true to his word. Press Association‘s Ian Parkes tweeted that Ecclestone was back at his desk in London just three hours after proceedings in Munich had come to an end.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”