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Ecclestone expects Formula 1 engine rule change

Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone has said he expects to get an agreement to change the sport's "unacceptable" engine rules.

The muted sound of the new 1.6 liter V6 turbo hybrid engines has also attracted criticism.

Formula One motor sport boss Bernie Ecclestone

The sport's new fuel limits restrict usage to 100 kilograms per car per race, with the flow never exceeding more than 100 kilograms per hour.

"They can do something about the noise, and they need another 10 kilos of fuel or something," Ecclestone said Sunday ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. "Everybody will agree to that."

Read more: Ecclestone vows to address worries over F1 noise

Ecclestone vows to address worries over F1 noise

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has pledged to address concerns surrounding the sport's lack of an appealing noise.

Following Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, Ron Walker, chairman of the organising company that stages the race, complained to close friend Ecclestone about the lack of sound.

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone. Credit: Press Association

The scream of the old V8 engine has gone, and in its place there is now a huskier tone from the 1.6-litre V6 turbo, as F1 tries to become greener.

Walker claimed Ecclestone was "horrified" by what he had heard on Sunday, to which the 83-year-old said: "I was not horrified by the noise, I was horrified by the lack of it."And I was sorry to be proved right with what I've said all along - these cars don't sound like racing cars.

"I've been speaking with Jean (Todt, president of the FIA) and what I've said is we need to see whether there is some way of making them sound like racing cars."I don't know whether it's possible, but we should investigate."

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Ecclestone added: "I think let's get the first few races out of the way and then maybe look to do something. We can't wait all season. It could be too late by then."

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Ecclestone wins court battle with German media firm

Bernie Ecclestone, 83, is thought to be worth nearly £2.3bn. Credit: PA

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has won a multimillion-pound High Court fight with a German media company today.

A High Court judge ruled on the dispute between Mr Ecclestone, 83, and Constantin Medien at a hearing in London.

Mr Ecclestone was accused of entering into a "corrupt agreement" with a banker to facilitate the sale of the Formula 1 Group to a buyer chosen by him.

The judge said the payments made were a "bribe" but Constantin's claim still failed because it had been "no part" of Mr Ecclestone's purpose for shares to be sold at an "undervalue".

Mr Ecclestone was not at today's hearing.

F1 boss Ecclestone to face bribery charges in Germany

Ecclestone, 83, is accused of making bribes when he sold part of the motor racing sport Credit: PA

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will stand trial on bribery charges in Munich, according to a statement from a German court.

"Under current planning, the main trial should start in late April," the Munich court said in a statement on Thursday.

Ecclestone, 82, was charged in July with bribing a German banker to smooth the sale of a stake in the motor racing business to private equity firm CVC eight years ago. Ecclestone has denied wrongdoing and said he will fight to clear his name.

Jewellery worth £500,000 stolen from Ecclestone home

Petra Ecclestone, the daughter of F1 magnate Bernie Ecclestone, had items stolen from her central London home.
Petra Ecclestone, the daughter of F1 magnate Bernie Ecclestone, had items stolen from her central London home. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

A thief masquerading as a rich property investor is suspected of stealing jewellery worth £500,000 from Bernie Ecclestone's daughter's mansion during a viewing.

The items vanished from Petra Ecclestone's £32 million central London home when the man, posing as "Oleg from Kazakhstan", viewed the six-bedroom terrace a few weeks ago, it was reported.

Miss Ecclestone, 24, was out at the time but when she returned she discovered a pair of diamond ear-rings and a diamond Rolex watch had disappeared from a bedroom nightstand, the Daily Mail reported.

There was no answer today at the listed Belgravia property, which boasts six bathrooms, a cinema room and a gym.

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Bernie Ecclestone charged in Germany over bribery allegations

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says he has been indicted by German prosecutors for alleged bribery.

Mr Ecclestone has been under investigation since a German banker was convicted of taking an illegal payment from him worth $44 million in connection with the sale of a stake in F1.

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says he has been indicted by German prosecutors for alleged bribery.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says he has been indicted by German prosecutors for alleged bribery. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The multi-millionaire told the Munich state court he felt pressured into paying the cash in 2006 because he was worried that Gerhard Gribkowsky would report him to British tax authorities.

Ecclestone told The Associated Press that his lawyers "have accepted an indictment. It means they have to reply to the indictment which they are strenuously doing."

Ecclestone confirmed that the prosecutors are "alleging I bribed someone" but says he did "nothing illegal."

F1 boss has 'no concerns' about Bahrain Grand Prix

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone rejected pleas for the Bahrain Grand Prix to be cancelled, saying he had "no concerns" that it would become a target for anti-government protesters.

Mr Ecclestone told Reuters last week that he believed the situation in Bahrain had improved.

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Credit: James Moy/James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

"I haven't had any negative reports from anybody there," he said. "Somebody who actually lives there came to see me yesterday and said everything's very normal".

"I think they [both sides] are talking now anyway ... so I don't think they'll upset the talks by making protests", he added.

Ecclestone: Team bosses happy with Bahrain decision

Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone
Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone Credit: REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has told Sky Sports that all of the team bosses are happy with the decision to go ahead with the Bahrain Grad Prix. He said: "This race is on the calendar and been on the calendar for quite a long time. We will be there. All the teams are happy to be there."

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