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Formula 1: Ecclestone apologizes for disturbing statements by Putin

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Ecclestone apologizes for disturbing statements about Putin

“I would take a bullet for Putin”

Ecclestone irritated with an appearance on a morning TV show. By invading Ukraine, Putin merely did what he thought was the right thing for Russia to do. The Russian President is a “first-rate personality,” Ecclestone continued.

He had described Vladimir Putin as a “first-class personality” and defended his attack on Ukraine. Former Formula 1 Managing Director Bernie Ecclestone has now apologized for his statements – with reference to the fact that he himself was a child of war.

EIt lasted a week, but now he’s come to his senses. Bernie Ecclestone, the 91-year-old former Formula 1 CEO, has apologized after more than a week for his controversial and irritating comments about Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“People often come and say or do things without thinking too much. It was probably the same for me,” Ecclestone told British broadcaster Sky Sports.

“I feel sorry for the people of Ukraine”

He can also understand that people would think “that I defend what he did in Ukraine, but I don’t do that”. Ecclestone explained that he himself was born during the Second World War. “So I know how it feels and I’m sorry for the people of Ukraine who have to suffer for something they didn’t do.” And he’s sorry if he upset anyone with his statements, “Because I didn’t want it.”

Among other things, Ecclestone said in a morning TV show that by invading Ukraine, Putin had merely done “what he thought was the right thing for Russia”. Ecclestone also said that Putin was a “first-class personality”. He would still “walk through fire” for the Kremlin chief.

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Formula 1 also reacted to these statements and emphasized that Ecclestone’s opinion “is in very clear contrast to the position of modern values ​​in our sport”. The racing series is making a stop in Spielberg this weekend. The Austrian Grand Prix will be held in Styria on Sunday (3 p.m., in the WELT sports ticker).

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