• Jul 7, 2009
After attempting to clarify and apologize for his recent and controversial professed admiration for Adolf Hitler's ability to "get things done," F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly added fuel to the fire by blaming "the Jews" for failing to address the worldwide banking crisis.

Ecclestone apparently issued the controversial comments in response to calls made for his resignation by the community advocacy organization World Jewish Congress. According to Ecclestone, "It's a pity they didn't sort the banks out.... They have a lot of influence everywhere." He would go on to add that his colleague – FIA president Max Mosley, the fascist leader's son who made headlines for allegedly engaging in a Nazi-themed S&M orgy with several prostitutes – would make a good prime minister.

In addition to protests lodged by Jewish organizations worldwide, elements within Germany have publicly stated that they are appalled by Ecclestone's comments, which come just days before the start of the German Grand Prix. Government officials in Germany have already canceled meetings with Ecclestone, while some have speculated that the series' German teams – which include McLaren-Mercedes and BMW Sauber as well as the Cologne-based Toyota team – could boycott Ecclestone's leadership, whatever practical implication that would have. Either way, following hot on the heels of FOTA's near split with Formula One's management, Ecclestone would do well to watch his next step. Thanks for the tip, Sparky!

[Source: Daily Mail | Image: Mark Thompson/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The vast majority of banks that are passed down in that manner are not the ones that actually caused the crisis. The banks responsible are huge, often multi-national conglomerates beholden only to their bottom line. The root of the problem was a complete lack of thought beyond the next quarter's profit margins.

      To note, the bank I do business with has 4 branches period, in a single US county. And they have not had any issues with the economy. In fact, if the home builders had not insisted on building gargantuan McMansions instead of something nice but reasonable, I'd have bought a house by now. Instead I'm being forced to build because, as I said, I'd prefer a well made house with somewhat less than 16 bed rooms. Living with 5 cats doesn't require a lot of space.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is time for the teams to make the break. Who cares if Mosley is gone (If he really is) you still got this anti-Semitic ass. F1 is irreparably damaged by these clowns.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am boycotting F1. I have watched every single race for the last four years. I have purchased F1 merchandise (hats, shirts, dvds, etc) and purchased cars from F1 manufacturers (bmw Z3&323i, C55 AMG, Honda NSX). I will not purchase any more F1 related merchandise (including cars from F1 manufacturers ... that includes even Toyota) watch one more F1 race nor purchase anything from F1 sponsors until Bernie Ecclestone is financially penalized and removed from his position of power by the will of the FIA, F1 sponsors and F1 teams.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He and the leaders of the FIA are trying to pull F1 down to see how low it can go. I am a HUGE F1 fan and I hate this guy with a passion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah they pull these stunts every now and then through movies and the entertainment industry...just to make sure no one else's misery supersedes theirs and the scourging of US tax dollars continues to Israel unscathed and labeled as "pity" money while they kill more children in Gaza.

      Charming.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know whats more crazy the fact that this guy and Mosley are still in power or the things they do and say even still get away with it lol....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see there's the usual fanatical censorship when it comes to this subject...all too predictable and expected.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i bet he would get along with mel gibson
      • 5 Years Ago
      Help me out fellow AutoBloggers. I'm torn between classifying this person as either a FOOL or an IDIOT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Proof or GTFO
      • 5 Years Ago
      Time for this 100 year old Harry Potter look alike to go bye-bye.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wtf? name two banks where this is the case. actually, name one.
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