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Ecclestone back in the F1 paddock for first time since saying he would ‘take a bullet’ for Putin

Bernie Ecclestone is back in the F1 paddock for the first time since he said he would ‘take a bullet’ for Vladimir Putin as mogul, 92, is joined by wife Fabiana in Sao Paulo ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix

  • Bernie Ecclestone returned to a Formula 1 paddock on Thursday
  • Mogul, 92, was joined by his wife for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix
  • Ecclestones has a coffee farm 25 minutes by helicopter from the city of Sao Paulo

Bernie Ecclestone returned to a Formula 1 paddock on Thursday for the first time since he said he would ‘take a bullet’ for Vladimir Putin.

The 92-year-old mogul, who has since apologized for defending the Russian invasion of Ukraine, accompanied his wife Fabiana for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix. She is present as FIA Vice President for South America.

The Ecclestones own a coffee farm a 25-minute helicopter ride from the city of Sao Paulo, where the race will take place.

Bernie Ecclestone and wife Fabiana in the F1 paddock in Sao Paulo on Thursday

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Ecclestone was due to visit the Austrian Grand Prix in July but stayed away due to the outcry over his comments. His last race on site was Abu Dhabi in 2019, before the lockdown.

The sport’s current owners, Liberty Media, who took over Ecclestone’s creation in 2017, are wary of his presence but made no attempt to void his paddock pass.

A spokesperson for Formula 1 told… Sports post“We made it clear earlier this year that Bernie Ecclestone’s previous comments were something we disagreed with.

“He was part of F1 for many decades and helped build the sport, and he attends the event with his wife, who represents the FIA.”

The 92-year-old has since apologized for defending the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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