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F1 boss meets Gribkowsky at Munich trial

Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 11 March 2006.
F1’s most familiar face was missing on Friday as the sport practiced in Barcelona.

That is because, more than 1000 kilometres away, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone was in a Munich court, fighting for his future and freedom.

Friday’s events in Germany are perhaps the most significant yet in the corruption scandal, as the man 83-year-old Ecclestone is alleged to have bribed to the tune of $44 million began his role as the prosecution’s star witness.

Fascinatingly, prosecutors do not totally dispute Ecclestone’s claim that Gribkowsky blackmailed him. According to the Guardian newspaper, the jailed former F1 banker on Friday even admitted he tried to “create pressure to reach an agreement”.

On the face of it, Gribkowsky’s testimony on Friday may have helped Ecclestone’s case.

SID news agency quotes Gribkowsky as saying he and Ecclestone did not discuss “at any time” precisely what the millions in payments were for.

“I never asked the question,” he added.

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