F1 godfather shocks TV presenter with Putin’s ugly statement

Formula 1 kingpin Bernie Ecclestone has come under fire for a TV appearance featuring a train wreck breakfast where he discussed his “friend” Vladimir Putin.

Formula 1 godfather Bernie Ecclestone has been criticized for claiming he would “take a bullet” for Vladimir Putin, while dismissing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a “comedian”.

The veteran former Formula 1 boss launched a bizarre rant in defense of the tyrannical Russian president, who is responsible for the horrific bloodshed in Ukraine. The sun reports.

Wading into Russia’s war against Ukraine in an interview with Good morning Great BritainEcclestone claimed his longtime friend Putin is a “first class person”, adding that the brutal deaths of innocent Ukrainians were not “intentional”.

When asked if he still considers Putin a friend, the 91-year-old said bizarrely: “I would still take a bullet for Vladimir Putin. He is a first class person.

“Unfortunately he is like many business people, we sometimes make mistakes.

“If you make a mistake, you have to do your best to get it out.

†[The deaths of Ukrainians] was not intentional. Look at Americans moving to countries that have nothing to do with America.”

Hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard were stunned by the controversial comments.

Shocked, Garraway finally said, “Crikey.”

Ecclestone made the brutal remarks just days after Russian troops killed at least 18 people in a rocket attack on a packed shopping center.

It has now been more than 120 days since Russia invaded Ukraine — with Putin’s soldiers participating in brutal atrocities, including torture, rape and massacres.

Moscow has been accused by the West of committing widespread war crimes — something Putin denies — as it is estimated that at least 12,000 civilians, including men, women and children, have been killed.

The conflict has made Russia a pariah state, cut off from much of the rest of the world – and a new Iron Curtain has descended as Western countries pull out of Ukraine.

And meanwhile, Ukrainian leader Zelensky has become an international hero hailed for his determination – even addressing the crowd at Glastonbury.

Eccelstone appeared against a sunny backdrop in Ibiza, then took a swipe at Zelensky, saying: “I mean the other person in Ukraine, I mean his profession, I get it, he used to be a comedian and it seems he has that profession. want to continue because I think if he had thought about things and put in enough effort to talk to Mr Putin, who is a sensible person and would have listened to him and probably could have done something about it.”

The controversial ex-F1 boss also claimed the war was not “deliberate”, adding: “I’m pretty sure if Ukraine wanted to get out of it, they could have done it.”

After the interview, F1 released a statement saying: “Bernie Ecclestone’s comments are his personal views and are in stark contrast to the position of the modern values ​​of our sport.”

A number of Russian athletes have been affected since their country’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February, including F1’s Nikita Mazepin.

The driver was dumped by Haas after the outbreak of war, after finishing last in the drivers’ standings last season.

Ecclestone is uncomfortable with the situation, which has also seen Russians and Belarusians banned from Wimbledon, adding: “I think it is wrong to ban Russian athletes, including drivers, from participating in their sport.

“They weren’t involved in this in the first place, so they shouldn’t be punished.”

Ecclestone went on to claim that the situation could have been “absolutely” avoided if Ukraine had “talked with Putin”.

Asked if he was concerned about a possible reaction after joining Putin, he added: “Not at all. He’s a business person who made a mistake and wished he hadn’t.

“When things have happened, it’s a little too late. It could have been stopped very, very easily.

“Our friend in Ukraine [President Zelensky] he could have stopped it easier, couldn’t he. The best we could have done was to talk to Putin.”

Ecclestone has been posted online because of his comments.

Former England striker Chris Sutton wrote: “Bernie Ecclestone is an idiot.”

While one viewer noted: “Bernie Ecclestone embarrasses herself live on tele.”

Another tweeted: “What an absolute mess this is from Bernie Ecclestone. Flaming heck. What a narrow-minded idiot.’ Another viewer was furious: ‘Bernie Ecclestone was the most annoying, embarrassing, chilling interview I’ve ever seen. How did the fool get airtime?’

— This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk and has been republished with permission

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