Ecclestone rules out paying to avoid German jail 30 January, 2014 Bernie Ecclestone Formula 1 chief executive Bernie has ruled out paying millions to end his legal troubles in Germany. Earlier, it was reported Ecclestone could take advantage of an unique German law in being able to negotiate a huge settlement and avoid the criminal trial for bribery, and a possible ten year prison sentence. But Ecclestone told the Daily Mail: “There’s absolutely no way I’ll do that. “That is not how it works, anyway. We could possibly have come to some sort of arrangement when all this started but we decided not to do that. “It’s not an option now and we wouldn’t go with it even if it was,” the 83-year-old insisted. “We will go to court and present our case. We have nothing at all to hide.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsHonda: We will match MercedesMattiacci: I am going do a very good jobMercedes under fire for Three Stooges style managementF1 promoter Gurdjian passes awayHave Mercedes bosses lost control of their drivers?Mercedes seek guidance from fans and big bossSilly Season Update: Honda want Vettel and NeweyMcLaren and Whitmarsh finally part companyEcclestone at loggerheads with German bankVettel to get new race engineer for 2015 Boycottthebull Bernie – “there is absolutely no way I will do that, I only pay secret bribes and grease palms, I simply refuse to pay if its legal” LOL Legally pay to erase a crime? How german.