BERNIE ECCLESTONE, A FORMER F1 EXECUTIVE, SAID HE WOULD "TAKE A BULLET" FOR PUTIN AND EXPRESSED CONTEMPT FOR ZELENSKYY.

Jun 30, 2022By Abdulaziz Nchirrah
Bernie Ecclestone
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While condemning Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky and American intervention, Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone stated he would "take a bullet" for Vladimir Putin and labeled the Russian president a "first class person."

The 91-year-old former CEO of the Formula One Group, who has previously interacted with Putin, claimed the Russian leader was doing "what he believed was the right thing for Russia" when he invaded Ukraine, though he added that "like a lot of business people we make a mistake from time to time."

Ecclestone is the F1 supremo who revolutionized the sport's sporting rights and has been associated with it since the 1950s. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of the Formula One Group after resigning from his position.

He continued to criticize Zelenskiy, which Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway found unbelievable. She questioned him: "So just to be clear, you think that President Zelenskiy should have done more to prevent this war and that it could have been avoided by Zelenskiy's actions, not by a change in Putin's actions?"

Absolutely, Ecclestone retorted.

"And I'm very convinced Ukraine, if they'd wanted to get out of it correctly, could have done," he continued, claiming that the war in Ukraine was not "deliberate."

This is when Formula 1 agreed a deal for Russia to stage grands prix when Bernie Ecclestone was the sport's racing director
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This when Putin's announcement of a "special military operation" to "demilitarize and denazify" Ukraine on the morning of February 24 marked the beginning of the invasion.  A few minutes later, Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv and other regions were pounded by warplanes and missiles. Following from various angles, there was a significant ground invasion. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy imposed martial law and ordered a national mobilization of all male citizens between the ages of 18 and 60, who were also prohibited from leaving the nation.  Russian attacks were first launched on four fronts: a southern front from Crimea, a south-eastern front from Luhansk and Donetsk, and a northern front from Belarus towards Kyiv. The Russian push against Kyiv stopped in March. Russian troops left Kyiv Oblast by 3 April despite suffering significant losses and fierce Ukrainian resistance. On 19 April, Russia launched a renewed attack on Donbas, with simultaneous missile attacks directed at Kyiv in the north and Lviv in western Ukraine.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY
President of Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Russia's commissioner for entrepreneurs' rights, Boris Titov during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 26, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Bernie Ecclestone

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Born

28 October 1930 (age 91)

Bungay, Suffolk, England

Nationality

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Formula One World Championship

Career Statistics

Status

Retired from driving

Seasons Active

1958

World Titles

0

Races

2 (0 starts)

Poles

0

Wins

0

Podiums

0

Fastest Laps

0

Points

0

First Race

1958 Monaco Grand Prix

Last Race

1958 British Grand Prix

Occupation

Chairman Emeritus

Employer

Formula One Group

Years active

2017–2020

Occupation

CEO

Employer

FOM, Formula One Administration, Formula One Group

Years active

1974–2017

Occupation

Team Owner/Manager

Employer

Brabham

Years active

1971–1987

Formula One Career

Ecclestone considered Lewis Hamilton's overtake to win the World Championship at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix to be the "most iconic moment in 65 years of F1.

Formula One Statistical Overview

Formula One Record

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Career Statistics

Entries2
Starts0
Pole Positions0
Front Row Starts0
Race Wins0
Podiums0
Fastest Laps0
Points0
Laps Raced0
Distance Raced0 km (0 mi)
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Career Results

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  1.  FORMULA 1. (2015, March 13). Hamilton v Massa 2008 Season Finale - Bernie Ecclestone's iconic moment in 65 years of F1. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp_YoqhCmAg

When asked if he had a chance to discuss "what a mess" the situation is with Putin or urged him to reconsider what he is doing, Ecclestone replied, "No. Most likely, he has considered that himself. I doubt he needs to be reminded.

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