Bribery charge would end Ecclestone's reign - source

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A source told the newspaper: "He [Bernie Ecclestone] would be gone from F1 by the end of the year."

May 14 (GMM) If Bernie Ecclestone is charged with bribery, it will be the end of the 82-year-old Briton's long and famous reign over Formula One.

That is the claim of a source, who was commenting in the wake of reports at the weekend that German prosecutors are close to indicting F1's chief executive over the Gerhard Gribkowsky affair.

(L to R): Bernie Ecclestone, CEO Formula One Group, with Sebastien Loeb, Porsche AG on the grid
(L to R): Bernie Ecclestone, CEO Formula One Group, with Sebastien Loeb, Porsche AG on the grid

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According to Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, the next step would be a court deciding if it should hear the case, with a trial to shortly follow.

The Financial Times said one option for Ecclestone would be for him to negotiate a settlement with the prosecutors.

But "Irrespective of whether he manages to settle," a source told the newspaper, "he would be gone from F1 by the end of the year."

Ecclestone told Reuters last weekend in Barcelona: "I've not heard from anybody. Let's wait and see what happens."

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