Formula One chief executive Ecclestone arrives at court in Munich

Reuters - By Keith Weir and Jörn Poltz MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone denied bribery charges on Thursday at the start of a trial in Germany that threatens to break his decades-…

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  • Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone stands between his lawyers Sven Thomas, right, and Norbert Scharf after he arrived in the regional court in Munich, Germany, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Ecclestone is charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust "in an especially grave case" over a US$ 44 million payment to a German banker, that prosecutors allege was meant to facilitate the sale of the Formula One Group to a buyer of Ecclestone's liking. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, pool)

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who received a disputed $44 million payment.

  • File photo of Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone arriving at the High Court in central London
    Formula One boss denies bribery at German trial Reuters - 8 hours ago

    By Keith Weir MUNICH Germany (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone denied bribery allegations on Thursday when he went on trial in Germany in a case … More »Formula One boss denies bribery at German trial

    File photo of Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone arriving at the High Court in central London

    By Keith Weir MUNICH Germany (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone denied bribery allegations on Thursday when he went on trial in Germany in a case that threatens to break the Briton's decades-long dominance of the motor sport. Prosecutors have charged Ecclestone, 83, with bribing banker Gerhard Gribkowsky …

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  • Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone stands between his lawyers Sven Thomas, right, and Norbert Scharf after he arrived in the regional court in Munich, Germany, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Ecclestone is charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust "in an especially grave case" over a US$ 44 million payment to a German banker, that prosecutors allege was meant to facilitate the sale of the Formula One Group to a buyer of Ecclestone's liking. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, pool)
    F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone went on trial Thursday in a bribery case that could threaten his grip on the sport. More »F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany

    Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone stands between his lawyers Sven Thomas, right, and Norbert Scharf after he arrived in the regional court in Munich, Germany, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Ecclestone is charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust "in an especially grave case" over a US$ 44 million payment to a German banker, that prosecutors allege was meant to facilitate the sale of the Formula One Group to a buyer of Ecclestone's liking. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, pool)

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone went on trial Thursday in a bribery case that could threaten his grip on the sport.

  • File photo of Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone arriving at the High Court in central London
    Formula One boss Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany Reuters - 20 hours ago

    By Keith Weir MUNICH (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany on Thursday in a case that could see the Briton's … More »Formula One boss Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany

    File photo of Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone arriving at the High Court in central London

    By Keith Weir MUNICH (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany on Thursday in a case that could see the Briton's long dominance of the motor sport ended by a jail sentence. Prosecutors in Munich have charged Ecclestone, 83, with bribing jailed German banker Gerhard …

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  • Former Formula One champion Lauda of Austria follows the first practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit
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  • FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file picture President and CEO of Formula One Management Bernie Ecclestone arrives at the Circuit of the Americas for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race, in Austin, Texas. Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday, April 24, 2014, on bribery charges that could put him in prison for up to 10 years if convicted. The trial could spell the end of the 83-year-old Ecclestone’s career in the racing series that has become a lucrative business under his guidance. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
    F1 boss Ecclestone goes on trial in bribery case Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 6:49 PM PHT

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday on bribery charges that could lead to a prison term of up to 10 years if he is c … More »F1 boss Ecclestone goes on trial in bribery case

    FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file picture President and CEO of Formula One Management Bernie Ecclestone arrives at the Circuit of the Americas for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race, in Austin, Texas. Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday, April 24, 2014, on bribery charges that could put him in prison for up to 10 years if convicted. The trial could spell the end of the 83-year-old Ecclestone’s career in the racing series that has become a lucrative business under his guidance. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial in Munich on Thursday on bribery charges that could lead to a prison term of up to 10 years if he is convicted.

  • Red Bull Formula One team principal Christian Horner looks on at the team paddock before the first practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir
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    Red Bull Formula One team principal Christian Horner looks on at the team paddock before the first practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir

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  • Motor racing-Red Bull to throw everything at Mercedes Reuters - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 8:34 PM PHT

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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton (L) celebrates with members of his team after winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, in Shanghai, on April 20, 2014
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    A clean-sweep for Mercedes including a Lewis Hamilton hat-trick has left the rest of Formula One wondering whether they can keep up this year, even after only four races. … More »Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes?

    Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton (L) celebrates with members of his team after winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, in Shanghai, on April 20, 2014

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    A clean-sweep for Mercedes including a Lewis Hamilton hat-trick has left the rest of Formula One wondering whether they can keep up this year, even after only four races. … More »Formula One: Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes?

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    After holding on to win what he called a “racer’s race” a fortnight ago in Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton revelled in having the track to himself as he cruised to a hat-trick … More »Happy Hamilton hails incredible Mercedes

    After holding on to win what he called a “racer’s race” a fortnight ago in Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton revelled in having the track to himself as he cruised to a hat-trick of victories in the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton, who claimed his 25th career win to draw level with British great Jim Clark and his Mercedes …

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    After holding on to win what he called a "racer's race" a fortnight ago in Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton revelled in having the track to himself as he cruised to a hat-trick … More »Motor racing-Happy Hamilton hails incredible Mercedes

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  • First-placed Mercedes Formula One driver Hamilton pours champagne on third-placed Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso as he celebrates his win at the Shanghai International Circuit
    Alonso credits Domenicali after Ferrari podium Reuters - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:33 AM PHT

    Fernando Alonso earned Ferrari their first podium finish of the Formula One season on Sunday and handed some of the credit to former team boss Stefano Domenicali. The … More »Alonso credits Domenicali after Ferrari podium

    First-placed Mercedes Formula One driver Hamilton pours champagne on third-placed Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso as he celebrates his win at the Shanghai International Circuit

    Fernando Alonso earned Ferrari their first podium finish of the Formula One season on Sunday and handed some of the credit to former team boss Stefano Domenicali. The Spaniard said his third place in China, the fourth race of the year, was a confidence boost for Formula One's most glamorous team after a difficult start …

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    By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A frustrated Felipe Massa was left ruing a pitstop blunder byhis Williams team that left him out of the points in Sunday’s Chinese … More »Pitstop blunder ruins Massa’s race

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    Romain Grosjean’s hopes of scoring Lotus's first points of the Formula One season were dashed on Sunday when the Frenchman was forced out of the Chinese Grand Prix by … More »Lotus progress halted by gearbox gremlins

    Romain Grosjean’s hopes of scoring Lotus's first points of the Formula One season were dashed on Sunday when the Frenchman was forced out of the Chinese Grand Prix by a gearbox problem. Grosjean had qualified 10th in treacherous conditions onSaturday and was gunning for a ninth-place finish when his race engineer came …

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    Fernando Alonso earned Ferrari their first podium finish of the Formula One season on Sunday and handed some of the credit to former team boss Stefano Domenicali. The … More »Motor racing-Alonso credits Domenicali after Ferrari podium

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    Lewis Hamilton sealed his first hat-trick of Formula One wins and led Mercedes to their third straight one-two finish at the Chinese Grand Prix as the team tightened … More »Formula One: Hamilton seals first F1 hat-trick

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