(ANSA) – LONDON, 01 MAR – “A reliable person, and of his word”: this is how Bernie Ecclestone, former F1 patron, described Vladimir Putin in the course of an interview granted to the Times Radio radio station regarding the cancellation of the Russian GP. In light of the invasion of Ukraine by Moscow troops, the FIA Formula 1 World Championship has decided to cancel the Russian race, scheduled for next September. While waiting to know the name of the circuit that will replace the Sochi one, Ecclestone lined up alongside Putin, defending his work. “I don’t think it makes any difference whether or not there will be a GP in Russia compared to what is happening in the world – Ecclestone said -. How can someone from the outside judge exactly what is happening today?”. Then Putin’s defense: “As an interlocutor, I have always found him direct and honest. He has always done what he promised to do, without discussion”. To those who pointed out that the Russian president changed his opinion on the Ukrainian invasion, first excluding it and then carrying it out, Ecclestone coldly replied: “The conditions change, don’t they?”. (HANDLE).