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Formula One: Cheeky F1 boss wants to pump up the volume

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone fired off one of his trademark one-liners on Friday as he sampled the sport's controversial new, quiet engines in person. The diminutive Ecclestone, 83, trackside for free practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix, said the cars sounded better than on TV but still needed a louder roar. "It's a little better than we thought so if we can just get it up a little bit more than that -- I wish I could get it up -- then we will be all right," quipped the white-haired billionaire.

Teams may pay price for quieter F1, says Ecclestone

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - A commotion about Formula One's new quieter cars could hit the sport's revenues and lead to teams getting less money if promoters take legal action, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Monday. Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ron Walker said after Sunday's season-opener that he was not happy with the reduced decibels and Formula One was "clearly in breach of contract".

Ecclestone hopes every race will be like a wet race

By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - Bernie Ecclestone is looking forward to an unpredictable 2014 season when new engines threaten to overturn the established order, the Formula One boss said on Monday. Ecclestone, 83, said he would be able to keep on top of running the sport despite going on trial for bribery in Germany next month. He also added he did not think that CVC, the largest shareholder in Formula One with a 35 percent stake, planned to sell its holding.

Ecclestone rules out Indian GP return in 2015

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - India's return to Formula One will have to wait until at least 2016, by which time a new race in Azerbaijan could also be on the calendar, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Wednesday. Speaking to Reuters, the 83-year-old Briton dampened Indian hopes of the Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi hosting a race again next year after being dropped from the 2014 championship. "At the moment, India won't be on for next year for sure," said Ecclestone.

Formula One: Ecclestone wins UK fight with German group

A High Court judge in Britain rejected an £85 million claim against Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone from a German media company on Thursday. The judge said there had been a "corrupt" deal to facilitate the sale of Formula One's commercial rights to a preferred buyer, but threw out the damages claim from Constantin Medien, worth $140 million or 103 million euros. Despite ruling in Ecclestone's favour, Justice Guy Newey also said he found it "impossible" to regard the 83-year-old as a "reliable or truthful witness".

Formula One: Ecclestone wins UK legal fight against German media group

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone won a multi-million-pound fight with a German media company in London's High Court on Thursday. A judge ruled in favour of Ecclestone, 83, in his battle with Constantin Medien, but said he was not "a reliable or truthful witness". gj/jmm

Formula One: Ecclestone wins UK fight with German group

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone won a multi-million-pound fight with a German media company in London's High Court on Thursday. A High Court judge rejected an £85 million ($140 million, 103 million euros) damages claim against Ecclestone in his battle with Constantin Medien, but said there had been a "corrupt" deal to facilitate the sale of Formula One to a preferred buyer. Despite ruling in Ecclestone's favour, Justice Guy Newey said he found it "impossible" to regard the 83-year-old tycoon as a "reliable or truthful witness".

Formula One: Ecclestone wins UK fight with German group

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone won a multi-million-pound fight with a German media company in London's High Court on Thursday. A High Court judge rejected an £85 million ($140 million, 103 million euros) damages claim against Ecclestone, 83, in his battle with Constantin Medien, but said he did pay a bribe over a sale of Formula One shares. Despite ruling in Ecclestone's favour, Justice Guy Newey said he found it "impossible" to regard him as a "reliable or truthful witness". Ecclestone faces trial in Germany in April on a related matter. gj/nr

UK judge finds 'untruthful' Ecclestone paid bribes

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge found on Thursday that Bernie Ecclestone had paid bribes to a German banker as part of a "corrupt agreement" linked to the 2005 sale of a stake in Formula One - an issue at the heart of Ecclestone's forthcoming bribery trial in Germany. The British court ruling went in favor of the Formula One boss in that it dismissed a German firm's claim for damages from him, but it contained damning conclusions about the 83-year-old who has dominated the motor racing business for decades.

Ecclestone upset by F1 engine woes

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed the sport's new V6 turbo era as "completely unnecessary nonsense" after Renault engine woes sidelined champions Red Bull in pre-season testing. Quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel's team completed just 14 laps in the first three days in Jerez after recurring problems. Other Renault-powered teams have also struggled to do much mileage.
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