cKnown for his close relationship with Vladimir Putin, Bernie Ecclestone defended the Russian president after he decided to invade and attack Ukraine. Even without making great comments about the armed conflict at the moment, the former F1 chief left words of praise in regards to Putin.
“As a person, I find him very direct and honorable,” Ecclestone told Radio Times. “He said exactly what he would have done without looking back.”
The journalist ended up clarifying the former F1 chief, saying that Putin had previously denied he would invade Ukraine, and her answer was helpful: “Circumstances are changing, right?” Ecclestone said.
Now 91, the former Formula 1 strongman, the Russian Grand Prix was supposed to take place and shouldn’t be pressured by the drivers not to.
It is reported that in 2017, after that year’s Russian Grand Prix, Ecclestone highly praised Vladimir Putin.
“I wasn’t sure that Russia would be able to build such a good circuit. [Sochi]. I was frustrated when I first came here, but Vladimir Putin reassured me with his assurances. I know your boss only makes good decisions and he’s decided with the consequences. “He will be remembered as a great president who did so much for his country and for world peace,” Ecclestone was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency Istia some five years ago.