Ecclestone in the dock over 'corrupt bargain'
Bernie Ecclestone has appeared at the High Court in London to defend himself over an alleged "corrupt payment".
Ecclestone is appearing as a witness in a case brought against him and three other defendants by Constantin Medien - the German media company which claims its shares in the Formula One Group were undervalued when they were sold in 2006. Constantin Medien is suing for up to $144 million.
The case opened last week and on the opening day Philip Marshall QC, representing Constantin Medien, accused Ecclestone of making a "corrupt bargain" with German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky during the sale as Ecclestone sought to retain a "position with Formula One going forward".
Wednesday marks Ecclestone's first appearance at the High Court for the case, and he is expected to be present for three days.