Few people in the western world are defending Vladimir Putin right now, but the truth is, someone always pops up. Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, a friend of the Russian president, explained in statements to ‘Times Radio’ that Putin “is an honorable person”. “As a person he is very direct and honourable. Vladimir did exactly what he said he was going to do, without any argument,” Ecclestone, 91, said of the dispute. Journalists explained to him that Putin had had earlier that he did not want to invade Ukraine. “Circumstances change, don’t they?
He then criticized the fact that the Russian GP, scheduled for September 23, 24 and 25 in Sochi, had been canceled after pressure from some riders. “Of course it could be done. [sem Max Verstappen, que se recusou a participar]it’s a person at an event, nothing more.”
“I guess it’s the people involved in the event who have to decide. How can we judge what is happening now? Maybe there are people who think that Russia did what it had to,” Ecclestone added.
Ecclestone and Putin were largely responsible for bringing Formula 1 to Russia in 2014. Initially, Bernie wanted to bring the competition to a street circuit, close to the
Kremlin, in the style of what happens in Monaco, but then Sochi was chosen, a route that Putin promised his friend would be ready in 2014.