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I'm not guilty - Ecclestone

ESPN Staff
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Bernie Ecclestone: "I would be (worried) if I was guilty!" © Sutton Images

Bernie Ecclestone insists he is not concerned that he'll be charged in the Gerhard Gribkowsky case because he's not guilty.

With investigations in to his part in Gribkowsky receiving a bribe still ongoing, Ecclestone had previously admitted that CVC would likely have to to replace him if he was charged, saying that Formula One's owners "will probably be forced to get rid of me if the Germans come after me. It's pretty obvious, if I'm locked up".

Now, in an apparent show of defiance, Ecclestone says he's not concerned at all and is even confident enough that he would not have to appear in court to defend himself.

"I would be (worried) if I was guilty!" Ecclestone told Corriere della Sera. "But I'm not! Are they trying to entrap me? I don't know and I don't care! All I know is that people try anything when money is involved!

"It won't get to me appearing in court."

Ecclestone also said that he expects to work in Formula One for many years yet, and that he wants to get it to "think and act like the world's leading sport ... I'll continue to help with my ideas - I still have plenty left!"