At times, it seems all too easy to imagine Formula One bigwig Bernie Ecclestone holding a cat and laughing maniacally like a James Bond villain. He just seems like a horrible person to be on the wrong side of. Now that Ecclestone has put his bribery trial in Germany behind him, his enemies had better watch out because Bernie is scheming for revenge.

"Now I am in a position where I have got a little bit more time and I shall follow my old idea in life: 'Don't get mad, get even.' I haven't got mad but I'm going to get even," said Ecclestone to UK newspaper The Independent. His first target is reportedly German businessman Dieter Hahn from Constantin Medien. Hahn tried to sue Ecclestone for undervaluing F1 shares to allow competing company CVC to buy them but lost.

It's possible that CVC might be putting those shares, which amount to 35 percent ownership of F1, up for sale in the future, and Ecclestone may be angling to buy them back himself. "Lots of people have looked at buying Formula One. Until they start looking at what they have got to pay, it is coffee-shop talk," said Ecclestone to the newspaper. Though, he claims buying the stake isn't a priority for him.

Ecclestone paid $100 million to German prosecutors in early August to have the charges against him dismissed. He was accused of bribing a German banker for preferential treatment and could have faced up to 10 years in prison. Ecclestone told The Independent that the prosecutors came to him first to offer the deal, and they previously said that the F1 supremo's advanced age was also a contributing factor.


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      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 3 Months Ago

       it was the last chance to put this guy in jail .  and whoever came up with the idea of a $100 million settlement is just stupid. $100 mil is nothing for this crook. besides, its not him who s paying . it ll be fia , or whichever his company is. regardless of the amount, bernie won t be spending a single penny out of his pocket. he s the winner. just like all other real life villain is.

        Doug Rolf
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Hajime1990 #follow


        Really... did anyone really think this way going to end up any other way?

      scooters2
      • 3 Months Ago

      Bleh. He's winning nothing. Clearly he will lose the battle against time. The bigger question is, is all this evil the way he really wants to go out?

        ffelix422
        • 3 Months Ago
        @scooters2

        Well said Scoot-

        "Vengeance is mine says the Lord, I will repay"...

      bbostic5
      • 3 Months Ago

      I couldn't picture a more evil looking person

      svntsvn
      • 3 Months Ago

      One word : Douche.

      rmt_1
      • 3 Months Ago

      I remember reading once a comment somewhere about how they wished Bernie Ecclestone would catch Ebola. I thought about it and pondered how I would feel if he did indeed catch the disease. I realized that I would feel very sorry for the Ebola Virus for being in such close contact with Ecclestone.

      barkeep
      • 3 Months Ago

      In the end, the whole world is Moby-Dick, and Ecclestone is Captain Ahab. He'll die before he gets his revenge.

        rmt_1
        • 3 Months Ago *Edited*
        @barkeep

        Excellent analogy, but remember that we've been cheated out of one of Ahab's legs to begin with and in the end, Ahab's obsession leads to the destruction of his ship and almost its entire crew. While Ecclestone's long history of misconduct has certainly damaged Formula One's legitimacy, it remains to be seen if he can destroy F1 on his own. I just wonder who will be Ecclestone's "Ishmael" and survive to tell the tale and perhaps sell the movie rights?  

      ssbjohn
      • 3 Months Ago

      a sick sorry excuse of a man

      Rob Hall
      • 3 Months Ago

      A vile, corrupt old man that needs to go away..

      zoomev
      • 3 Months Ago

      http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2009/jul/04/bernie-ecclestone-interview-hitler-saddam

      mustsvt
      • 3 Months Ago

      Ironic that he gets out of a bribery charge by paying $100 million to prosecutors. And people say American justice is crooked....

      Chayil
      • 3 Months Ago

      Bernie is enigmatic. There was a time when he was basically, the person who rescued F1 from the evil hands of Jean Marie Balestre who was the head of FISA.  People who know their history know that Balestre was destroying F1 with his partisan ways. Bernie, as head of FOCA, was able to negotiate a Concorde Agreement to the benefit of all the F1 teams. Bernie also bought the Brabham team and made them into a premier team after a downturn. But, somewhere along the way, greed and avarice took hold of Bernie.  His Machiavellian ways have hurt not only himself, but F1 as well.  It is laughable that he was able to pay his way out of jail for a crime of bribery.  But, as the Good Book says, "what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his only soul"?

      Willy Voesten
      • 3 Months Ago

      In Germany anything can be bought of, if you get pulled over by a cop, he flat out tells you give him money and your free to go.  been there done that

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