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.