Ecclestone defiant in aftermath of bribe judgement 22 February, 2014 Bernie Ecclestone with Donald Mackenzie Formula 1 Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone on Friday played down reports the sport’s board, led by owner CVC’s Donald Mackenzie, is preparing to oust him in the wake of a British judge finding that he indeed paid a bribe. “I’ve spoken to Donald,” 83-year-old Ecclestone told the Telegraph. “It was nothing of any importance. “The board] can’t understand how the judge has reached his conclusion. My lawyers can’t either. They have been through it all and they can’t find where I lied.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsSmedley: I did not expect such a quick Williams revivalVilleneuve: F1 is boring, something is missingMallya says Force India are in a good placeRed Bull and Renault partnership now in better healthVettel negativity blamed for turning off German fansWhy did German F1 fans stay away from Hockenheim?Ecclestone plays down F1 buy-back reportsMcLaren change stir up Hamilton and Alonso talkTodt open to improving new era Formula 1Haas paid $20 million deposit for F1 team entry Mellow Jessica Whilst Bernie is obviously a man of many faults, in this case he was exonerated of having caused any loss to Constantine, and it seems incredibly irresponsible and underhanded of the judge to suggest all manner of criminal liability for Ecclestone, which was way outside his remit to even comment on, let alone write into the 110 page decision. All this did was make Trial-by-Media™ easier for the unwashed masses and their pseudo-journalist ringmaster(s) to engage in, since they obviously can’t simply wait for the Munich court process to even get underway, let alone play-out!