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 NewsCaterham administrator to probe ex-managementVettel is one of 60 new signings at FerrariBianchi will be heavily disabled reveals StreiffLauda: We’ve done everything to ensure a level playing fieldEuropean Union investigate F1 legality amid crisisJordan: It is time for Bernie to consider retirementUSA driver not essential for Haas F1 TeamEcclestone: They don’t know what they’re talking aboutLauda denies Hamilton interest in Ferrari driveEcclestone: I would rather go for a 70 year old with cash than kids 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.