The German bank at the centre of Bernie Ecclestone’s bribery trial has rejected a settlement offered by the 83-year-old following the end of court proceedings earlier this week, according to reports.
Ecclestone was accused of bribing banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to influence the sale of Formula 1 back in 2005, but the case came to a close after he made a $100m payment to the court as permitted by German law.
The case ended with no conviction, meaning that Ecclestone remains in charge at the top of the sport. He immediately returned to work on the same day that the case ended.
However, a settlement offer of $33m made to BayernLB by Ecclestone was rejected on Friday, as confirmed to Reuters by a spokesperson for the bank.
Neither party has made further comment on the matter, but it could lead to BayernLB taking more civil proceedings against the Briton. The more likely resolution would be for an increased offer to be made and accepted, given that the bribery trial proceedings have now come to a close.
Ecclestone has said that he feels like “a bit of an idiot” for settling the matter with the German court earlier this week.
“They really didn’t have a case,” he told the BBC. “The judge more or less said I was acquitted, so I was a bit of an idiot to do what I did to settle because it wasn’t with the judge, it was with the prosecutors.
“Anyway, it’s done and finished, so it’s all right. I’m content – it’s all fine. This now allows me to do what I do best, which is running F1.”
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto