Is Bernie Bent?

In a surprise development in the long-running case, Gribkowsky told a court in Munich that allegations he received $56 million in bribes from Ecclestone in 2006 and 2007 over the sale of F1 to current owners CVC were "essentially true".

Ahhhh - and Bernie comments that the guy would say anything to avoid a long sentence. To my mind they should both be there..but as I never liked the guy it can be said I am unfairly biased.

How do you view Bernie these days?

 

Yet again Bernie is in the

1 year 21 weeks ago

Yet again Bernie is in the news. This time he's being sued by the company who would have made the cash had Bernie not 'allegedly' bribed a German banker to sell F1 to CVC... or something like that.

Max Mosley was forced out for a bit of slap and tickle, wrongly accused of Nazi sympathising by crooks at the NOTW. What Bernie is being accused of, and frankly looks guilty of (very assumptive, sorry), is far worse than a kinky gallop with some ladies of le nuit.

How badly does Bernie need to bring the sport into disrepute before somebody steps forward and says, "You know what ol' boy, probably best if you walk". Granted it would be a bold man but surely Bernie can't be completely untouchable, can he?!

His replacement's first job would be to drop Korea for a GP in France and move the European GP from the yawnfest that is Valencia to Donnington or Brands.

Capt_Prospect wrote: Yet

1 year 21 weeks ago

Capt_Prospect wrote:

Yet again Bernie is in the news. This time he's being sued by the company who would have made the cash had Bernie not 'allegedly' bribed a German banker to sell F1 to CVC... or something like that.

Suing for a hypothetical?  Good luck with that one.  All the defence would need to do is, ironically, call Mr Mosley, the then president of the FIA, who will say he wouldn't have approved the sale to Bluewaters anyway, and off they all go home.  And that is assuming the EU would have approved it before him.

Chancers in a particularly ugly beauty contest.

If I knew what I was getting into, I wouldn't have done it...and I would have been wrong.

Capt_Prospect wrote: Yet

1 year 21 weeks ago

Capt_Prospect wrote:

Yet again Bernie is in the news. This time he's being sued by the company who would have made the cash had Bernie not 'allegedly' bribed a German banker to sell F1 to CVC... or something like that.

Max Mosley was forced out for a bit of slap and tickle, wrongly accused of Nazi sympathising by crooks at the NOTW. What Bernie is being accused of, and frankly looks guilty of (very assumptive, sorry), is far worse than a kinky gallop with some ladies of le nuit.

How badly does Bernie need to bring the sport into disrepute before somebody steps forward and says, "You know what ol' boy, probably best if you walk". Granted it would be a bold man but surely Bernie can't be completely untouchable, can he?!

His replacement's first job would be to drop Korea for a GP in France and move the European GP from the yawnfest that is Valencia to Donnington or Brands.

 

The Korean one lost another fat wad and is in doubt. I am sure Bernie will get all his friends to buy whatever Korean Brand he manages to cuddle up to in order he continues to cream off that little pie. I for one would love to see it fold, along with Bahrain and India where only 10 people could afford the tickets

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I'm not sure what this thread

1 year 22 weeks ago

I'm not sure what this thread is actually about, but I wondered if my thought that he has a hairdo quite reminiscent of Joanna Lumley as Purdey in The New Avengers might be relevant?

Is Bernie trying to sabotage

1 year 37 weeks ago

Is Bernie trying to sabotage the British GP at Silverstone. So far his
plan has done just that. The weather has gone in Bernies favour. No
parking on Saturday means the organizers will have to refund millions
that could be spent on track and facilities improvement. If Sunday is a
fiasco , another strike against them. When the contract is up for
Silverstone ,Donnington or Brands will have upgraded their facilities
to be in better shape than Silverstone. Something smells here and its
not the Italians.

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JimmyHelu wrote: Is Bernie

1 year 37 weeks ago

JimmyHelu wrote:

Is Bernie trying to sabotage the British GP at Silverstone. So far his plan has done just that. The weather has gone in Bernies favour. No parking on Saturday means the organizers will have to refund millions that could be spent on track and facilities improvement. If Sunday is a fiasco , another strike against them. When the contract is up for Silverstone ,Donnington or Brands will have upgraded their facilities to be in better shape than Silverstone. Something smells here and its not the Italians.

Bernie controls the weather?

When did this happen?

'Is this a Prius?'

'I feel like we're driving around in a vagina'

Vlad, Nothing to do with

1 year 35 weeks ago

Vlad,

Nothing to do with Bernie, but I just read your footnote - I think a Pious may just make the driver have more than a passing resemblance to what you mention............

I have a friend who has been

1 year 41 weeks ago

I have a friend who has been intimate with big players in F1 for decades.  He says that for some reason he has the knack of getting on with people that everyone else finds "very difficult".  He cited Enzo and Bernie.

I need to sit down with him and record his memories, they would povide material for a great book.  A lot of behind the scenes stuff, parties, roadies, practical jokes etc.  Sort of like David Niven's book The Moon's a Balloon, which was Hollywood instead of F1.

"Behind every great fortune

1 year 43 weeks ago

"Behind every great fortune is a great crime." Balzac.

If he was struggling

1 year 43 weeks ago

If he was struggling financially, I'm sure he'd appreciate a whip-round.

"There's a fine line between wrong and visionary. Unfortunately, you have to be a visionary to see it." - Dr Sheldon Cooper

Like he's the only one!, what

1 year 43 weeks ago

Like he's the only one!, what with the Government trying to shame celebs into "doing the right thing" by paying ALL the tax they should pay?, tax avoidance has been a battle for ever since tax was invented (who invented it anyway?),the Governments short of a few quid just now and is probing every orifice to get the last sheckle to cut the deficite the Bankers left us with, and it's starting with the "haves", Bernie, a shrewed businessman?...no question, but he's not the only one, besides, if you've worked hard all your life, it would be a bit annoying if when near retirement age you discover you can't...oooops.. that's happening now!

Peter Cavellini.

Tell you what he could bribe

1 year 43 weeks ago

Tell you what he could bribe me for a few million and I would not tell a soul . Seems he has more than enough dosh to throw around and shrouds dont have pockets .

Is Bernie bent? As a

1 year 43 weeks ago

Is Bernie bent? As a nine-pound note (at a risk of him suing me to death).

  • Let depreciation be your friend...

BriMarsh wrote: Is Bernie

1 year 33 weeks ago

BriMarsh wrote:

Is Bernie bent? As a nine-pound note (at a risk of him suing me to death).

you kidding? He's just got married again!

Mario B wrote: BriMarsh

1 year 33 weeks ago

Mario B wrote:

BriMarsh wrote:

Is Bernie bent? As a nine-pound note (at a risk of him suing me to death).

you kidding? He's just got married again!

To paraphrase Mrs Merton: "So Fabiana, what first attracted you to the billionaire Bernie Ecclestone?"

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BriMarsh wrote: (at a risk

1 year 43 weeks ago

BriMarsh wrote:

(at a risk of him suing me to death).

He won't sue you, it'll be the Boys with pick-axe handles.

Speeback                   Mini

are they by any chance related?

 

 

Leslie Brook

1 year 42 weeks ago

Leslie Brook wrote:

BriMarsh wrote:

(at a risk of him suing me to death).

He won't sue you, it'll be the Boys with pick-axe handles.

So if you had a few million you could get them to bash him instead and nick some jewellery while they were at it; what do you mean it has already been been done?

Need a few million more then; I think I am  starting to understand what Euromillions is all about!

I'm in no way saying this is

1 year 22 weeks ago

I'm in no way saying this is true but the one car journo I know fairly well - one who has been around motorsport a lot - reckons that Bernie has had people "taken care of" and/or "off'd".

Now, seems extreme, I'm not sure he's had them "off'd", but he's definitely a nasty snake.

Will make a great book when

1 year 42 weeks ago

Will make a great book when he has gone.

I like Bernie a lot, he has

1 year 43 weeks ago

I like Bernie a lot, he has done so much for Formula One, more than many realise.  But he is a bit of a Marmite character so I get how it is easy not to like him and how he goes about things.

This forum is dead, don't bother...

Is Bernie Bent? Why ask a

1 year 43 weeks ago

Is Bernie Bent?

Why ask a rhetorical question?

toptidy wrote: Is Bernie

1 year 43 weeks ago

toptidy wrote:

Is Bernie Bent?

Why ask a rhetorical question?

Nice one squirrel - I think world opinion of him has to be tarnishing the sport and I think somehow he should be removed sooner rather than later.

Today I read his statement

"Ecclestone, 81, told Reuters that Gribkowsky had been putting him under pressure over his tax affairs. He paid some £10 million to the banker to "keep him quiet" and not as alleged to smooth the sale of the Formula One stake to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners"

So Bernie I have some tax problems - not quite as big as this guy - but 1 mill is pocket change for you - how about helping me out.???

what's life without imagination

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