By Max Huijgen.
The old mogul Bernie Ecclestone has been on trial for bribery together with a German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky. If he is convicted Mercedes will almost certainly have to leave F1.
The German received $44 million dollar from Ecclestone to make sure tax details didn´t leak to the UK government. CVC, Bernie´s investment company avoided a mind-boggling $3.1- (€2.4-) billion in taxes thanks to this German.. If convicted, Bernie Ecclestone could serve up to 10 years in prison.
Mercedes code of conduct is very firm on ethical behavior and bribery and Mercedes extends this to its business partners. Their own statues will force them to withdraw from F1 leaving two teams without an engine and the field without Mercedes.
At this moment closing arguments are given in the case. Photo depicts Ecclestone´s daugher rolling in money.
tnx to +Nico Gerrits for the tip.
Three #F1 world champions of which two were retired on the podium!
But will Schumacher be disqualified after using DRS under yellow?
The most sensational race of the season and the best one ever in Valencia.
If you had told anyone in advance that Grosjean would be battling for second place nobody would have believed it. If you had suggested a Lotus would end on second place with good old Kimi behind the wheel people would laugh at you and that Schumacher would end up in third place starting at 12th seemed impossible.
Engine failures, accidents, lots of passes on the circuit and in the end an emotional Schumacher just behind his old arch-rival Raikkonen. It must be the best podium ever in history with world champions from 1994 to 2007 standing on a 2012 podium
And true to form Schumacher was happily smiling between the two Ferrari guys on the podium while Kimi didn´t smile at all but just drank the champagne 🙂
The sensational result:
7) Di Resta
10) Maldonado (under investigation)
1. Red Bull 176
2. McLaren 137
3. Lotus 126
4. Ferrari 122
5. Mercedes 92
6. Sauber 60
7. Williams 45
8. Force India 44
9. Toro Rosso 6
10. Caterham 0
11. Marussia 0
12. HRT 0
A great goal has been reached by Ferrari, celebrating today 1 million fans on Google+! The drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso are celebrating together with the fans a unique passion: the passion for the Prancing Horse.
Nico Rosberg on Google+:
Watch Nico Rosberg driving the new 2012 car: A Sneak Preview of the Mercedes AMG Petronas W03 at Silverstone 16.2.2012. Following a successful first run for the F1 W03 yesterday in Silverstone, and to help you pass the days until our official launch next week, we are pleased to offer you a sneak preview of the 2012 MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One car of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher. We cannot show you too much until the covers are taken off next week, but we hope you enjoy your first lap of the year with F1 W03.
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