The £60 million settlement in Bernie Ecclestone's bribery trial may seem a lot of money, but it leaves the road clear for one of sport's biggest operators to carry on exerting control over the world of Formula 1.
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.
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."
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.