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 News2014 showed the good, the bad and the ugly of Formula 1German bank sues Ecclestone for €345 millionFormula 1 set for another engine revolution in 2016Jock Clear leaves Mercedes for FerrariEcclestone takes swipe at trial outcome with Christmas cardCVC backs Ecclestone and appoints Montezemolo to F1 boardHorner happy to have Illien working with RenaultLopez: We opened the door to FernandoHamashima leavesas Ferrari continue to wield the axeWolff: Prost gave very precise advice on handling Lewis and Nico 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.