F1 will court further controversy this weekend when Russian president Vladimir Putin oversees the inaugural grand prix at Sochi.
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Bernie Ecclestone is going straight back to work after agreeing a $100 million deal to end his bribery trial in Munich.
Amid high controversy and suggestions F1’s major stakeholders and his employer CVC might not be happy with Tuesday’s news, it was confirmed that the outcome of the court proceedings is that the 83-year-old is a “free man”.
Bernie Ecclestone on Friday rubbished reports he is preparing to plead guilty in order to avoid jail.
As the F1 chief executive’s Munich trial began on Thursday, London’s Times newspaper reported that Ecclestone, 83, might reach a plea deal and exchange a custodial sentence for a massive $400 million-plus penalty.