Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone would “catch a bullet” for Russian president Vladimir Putin: “He’s a great person”
Bernie Ecclestone said he would “take a bullet” for Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the former Formula 1 chief “a fine person”. Ecclestone, 91, made those striking statements on ITV’s TV show Good Morning Britain.
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Ecclestone stated that the war in Ukraine was not “intentional” and could have been avoided by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Briton believes that Zelensky should have talked to Putin, a “sensible” man.
Ecclestone was asked on the TV show whether he still considers Putin a friend. “I would still take a bullet for him,” said the former F1 pope. “I’d rather it didn’t hurt, but if it did, I’d still take a bullet. He’s a fine person after all. What he’s doing is something he thought was the right thing for Russia. Unfortunately, like many business people, and certainly like me, he makes mistakes from time to time. If you’ve made a mistake, you have to do your very best to get out of that situation.”
About Zelensky, Ecclestone said it seems he still wants to be a comedian.
“If he had thought, he would certainly have made enough effort to talk to Mr Putin. Putin is a sensible person and would have listened to him. He probably could have done something about it,” the Briton said.
Formula 1 is once again embarrassed by these statements. Racist statements by former Brazilian world champion Nelson Piquet recently came to light, aimed at Lewis Hamilton. Piquet, meanwhile, apologized.