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. Tweet Related NewsFerrari loses legal battle with engineerBrabham team could return to the F1 gridMercedes teams against relaxing engine freezeWhiting: A driver should drive the car alone and unaidedSingapore Grand Prix: Team representatives press conferenceEcclestone reveals double points finale may be axedJohnnie Walker becomes F1 whiskey partnerTodt: I find criticisms of Ferrari today unjustMontezemolo: F1 results do not impact on car salesProdromou: It’s fantastic to return to McLaren 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!