Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he'd 'take a bullet' for Vladimir Putin, calling him a 'first-class person'

L'ex supremo della Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone ha detto che lo avrebbe fatto “prendi un proiettile” per Vladimir Putin e ha chiamato il presidente russo a “persona di prima classe.”

When asked on British TV show Buongiorno Gran Bretagna if President Putin was still a friend of his, the 91-year-old Englishman said on Thursday: “I’d still take a bullet for him. I’d rather it didn’t hurt, but I would still take a bullet.
Nearly five months after Russia invaded Ukraine, the conflict continues. Thousands of lives have been lost and millions have been displaced, according to the UN, and though Kyiv racked up a series of early victories in the initial aftermath, the tide appears to be turning in the Kremlin’s favor, especially in the east.
    What he’s doing is something that he believed was the right thing,” Ecclestone said of the war.
      “Sfortunatamente, he’s like a lot of businesspeople, certainly like me, that we make mistakes from time to time and when you make the mistake, you have to do the best you can to get out of it.
        Ecclestone, who was replaced as chief executive of F1 in 2017 after nearly four decades in charge, also went on to criticize Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s handling of the invasion.
        The other person in Ukrainehis profession I understand, he used to be a comedianand I think it seems that he wants to continue that profession,” Egli ha detto.
          I think if he’d thought about things, he would definitely have made a big enough effort to speak to Putin, who is a sensible person, and would have listened to him and could have probably done something about it.
          When questioned on the fact Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had claimed the lives of thousands of innocent people, Ecclestone replied: “It wasn’t intentional.
          And asked whether Zelensky could have done more to stop the war, Ecclestone said: “Assolutamente.”
          In una dichiarazione inviata alla CNN, Formula 1 disse: “The comments made by Bernie Ecclestone are his personal views and are in very stark contrast to the position of the modern values of our sport.
          At the time of publication, the FIA, motorsport’s governing body, had yet to respond to CNN’s request for a comment.

          Ecclestone backed Putin on gay rights

          The British billionaire is no stranger to controversy. Nel 2009, he praised Adolf Hitler for beingable to get things done” — comments he later apologized forand said that women should dress in whitelike all other domestic appliances.
          Nel 2020, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, Ecclestone ha detto alla CNN quella “Black people are more racist than what White people are.
          Following those comments, F1 issued a statement on its website saying itcompletely disagreedwith Ecclestone.
          Ecclestone and Putin have long been allies. Their relationship was key in establishing the Russian Grand Prix, which made its debut in Sochi in 2014.
          Quello stesso anno, while at the helm of F1, Ecclestone ha detto alla CNN that hecompletely agreeswith anti-gay legislation introduced by Putin, prohibiting the spreading of so-called gay propaganda to minors, arguing critics had misrepresented Putin.
          And in an interview aired on February 25 quest'anno, just a day after Russia invaded Ukraine, Ecclestone described Putin ashonorable.
          As a person I found him very straightforward and honorable,” lui told Times Radio. “He did exactly what he said he was going to do without any arguments.

          Ecclestone on Piquet racial slur

          On the British morning show, Ecclestone also commented on Nelson Piquet’s use of a racist slur aimed at Lewis Hamilton, for which the Brazilian has since apologized.
          Three-time world champion Piquetwho won two of his three world titles while driving for the team that Ecclestone used to own, Brabhamused a Brazilian Portuguese racial slur to describe seven-time champion Hamilton when addressing a high-speed collision involving Hamilton and Max Verstappen during the British Grand Prix last year.
          Di mercoledì, Piquet addressed his comments, which were made in November last year but only came to light recently, when the interview was released on Monday.
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          Piquet said the racial slur he used had no racist intent, saying he strongly condemnedany suggestion that the word was used by me with the aim of belittling a driver because of his skin color.
          Ecclestone said he wassurprised Lewis hasn’t just brushed it aside, or better than that, replied.
          Ha aggiunto: “It’s probably not appropriate with us, but probably, it isn’t something terrible that happens if you said that in Brazil.
          But people say things, and people talk about people if they happen to be little bit overweight, or a little bit undersized like me. I’m quite sure people have made remarks about that. If I’d have heard it, I’d have been able to deal with it myself without too much trouble.
            Formula 1, Hamilton’s team Mercedes, and the FIA on Tuesday condemned Piquet for using the racial slur.
            Hamilton, who has the most race wins in F1 history, disse il “time has come for action” sul razzismo, and responded to Piquet’s comments in a series of posts on Twitter, la scrittura: “Vamos focar em mudar a mentalidade” — Portuguese forLet’s focus on changing the mindset.

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