Why would Bernie need to bribe anyone?
18 April, 2011
Apr.18 (GMM) Munich prosecutors may suspect that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone got involved in the Gribkowsky corruption affair in order to safeguard his top job in the sport, according to a newspaper report.
Having apparently skipped the Chinese grand prix, the Formula 1 chief executive issued a statement this weekend confirming he was recently in Germany to answer suspicions of his involvement in the mysterious $50-million payment to a banker.
Dr Gerhard Gribkowsky was intricately involved in BayernLB’s decision to sell its stake in Formula 1′s commercial rights to the sport’s current owner CVC.
“It is unclear why Ecclestone would have to do that (pay a bribe),” wrote Hans Leyendecker, Klaus Ott and Nicolas Richter in a detailed report in the Sueddeutsche newspaper.
“Perhaps it was to stay in charge of the (F1) series,” they speculate.