(ANSA) – LONDON, June 30 – Formula 1 has blamed the sentences in favor of the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, expressed yesterday by the former circus boss, Bernie Ecclestone, defining them in “stark contrast to the modern values of sport” . Ecclestone, 91, said he was also ready to “get hit by a bullet” for the Russian president, reaffirming his admiration for the leaders of the Kremlin, not responsible – according to him – for the war in Ukraine because “unintentional. “.
Ecclestone’s esteem for Putin dates back to the negotiations for the organization of the first GP in Russia, which took place for the first time in 2014 in Sochi. Since then, on multiple occasions, the former racing driver and manager-turned-multi-billionaire has made public comments in support of the Russian president, calling him “the person who should lead Europe” in 2017.
During the same television interview, the English tycoon, who controlled F1 until 2017 before selling it to Liberty Media, also advised Lewis Hamilton not to worry about racist comments, with reference to the discriminatory phrases pronounced in recent days by Nelson Piquet against the Mercedes champion. “Bernie Ecclestone’s words are personal and in stark contrast to the stance of our sport which reflects modern values,” reads a statement released by F1. (HANDLE).