Another fine illusion from Bernie?

Another fine illusion from Bernie?

Bernie Ecclestone may have stepped down from his role on the F1 board following the announcement that he will stand trial amid allegations of bribery. But nothing has changed for the sport, argues DIETER RENCKEN

Bernie Ecclestone is recognised as being a master illusionist. Indeed, it has long been recognised in the Formula 1 paddock that the 83-year-old regularly makes contentious comments to deflect attention from the (very) real issues at hand.

When, for example, Cape Town was mooted as a possible grand prix host, it soon became clear that South Africa's Mother City was being used as a pawn in contractual negotiations with Melbourne politicians, who hummed over contract extensions.

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