United Kingdom, first published June 30, 2022, 15:51 IST
In a bizarre claim, former Formula 1 boss Bernie Eccleston has called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “first-class person” and claimed he would “take a bullet for him.”
In an interview with Good Morning Britain, the 91-year-old was asked if he was still behind his ‘friend’ Putin, who has been waging war against Ukraine since February. In response, the former F1 manager said: “I would still take a bullet for him. I’d rather it didn’t hurt, but I’d still take a bullet.”
When asked why he would take such a drastic step, Ecclestone added: “Because he is a first-class person, and what he does is something he believed was the right thing to do.”
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“Unfortunately, he is like a lot of business people, especially like me. We make mistakes every now and then. And if you’ve made a mistake, you have to do your best to get out,” the former F1 boss noted. †
Ecclestone also noted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a former comedian, saying, “Looks like he wants to continue that profession.”
An F1 spokesperson responded to the interview, saying: “Bernie Ecclestone’s comments are his personal views and are in stark contrast to the position of the modern values of our sport.”
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The former head of Formula 1 spoke up for Putin, telling Times Radio last month that he found the Russian president “quite direct and honorable”. Ecclestone previously told The Times that he thought Putin should “rule Europe”.
“He’s a good guy. He’s never done anything that doesn’t do good things for people. I’d like him to run Europe. We don’t have anyone, so it couldn’t be worse. I’m not in favor of democracy. You need a dictator “As a dictator you say: ‘This is what I’m going to do.’ In a democracy it gets watered down,” Ecclestone concluded.
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The former F1 boss’s shocking claim has sparked a huge outcry on social media, with several people trolling Ecclestone for his statement. Here’s a look at some of the reactions on Twitter:
Last updated June 30, 2022, 15:51 IST