Justice Guy Newey announced in his verdict that 83-year-old Briton Ecclestone had been "corrupt". Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel managed dozens of laps in the Renault-powered RB10 in Bahrain.
Three races was always the F1 chief executive's plan.
FIA recently invited new entrants to bid for the vacant spot on the grid.
German prosecutors prepare to send Ecclestone to court.
Bernie Ecclestone doesn't think winning will tire Red Bull team and Vettel.
"The problem is that all the drivers want to finish their careers at Ferrari, which isn't good" - Bernie Ecclestone
Funny Christmas cards flying around the Formula One world.
On paper the timing of the two races certainly doesn't make sense. But does it actually matter?
"We are the only team with the right of veto," he said. "More political weight than that is impossible!" - Luca di Montezemolo