Ecclestone: North America ‘a bit of a s*** hole’ compared to Baku

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Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has expressed his delight over the inaugural grand prix in Baku, Azerbaijan this weekend, saying that the city makes North America seem like “a bit of a s*** hole”.

The Baku City Circuit plays host to the European Grand Prix for the first time this weekend, incorporating both the historic and modern parts of the city.

Ecclestone gave his approval to the circuit, which is set to be the fastest street course on the F1 calendar, when speaking to reporters in Baku on Thursday.

“I didn’t walk it but went around it,” Ecclestone said, as quoted by

“When I laid it out in the first place I was told I was mad, trying to get the old city and the new city together, but it looks like it has worked out alright.

“We just left the greatest place in the world North America, and compared to here, it is a bit of a shit hole isn’t it?”

Ecclestone also discussed concerns raised about Azerbaijan’s human rights record, saying that his conscience was “absolutely” clear.

“The minute people tell me what human rights are, you can look at how, why and when it applies. Does anyone know what human rights are?” he said.

“We listen obviously, and if people have got genuine complaints there is not a lot we can do.

“I think you get into trouble in most countries if you are anti some government or political people, or in fact anybody. So it is not quite as easy as that.”