Bernie Ecclestone says he would ‘take a bullet’ for ‘first class’ Vladimir Putin as he defends war in Ukraine

The former F1 boss said Russian President Vladimir Putin was a “first class person” who had made “mistakes” – as he criticised Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy for “not listening” to the Kremlin.

Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has defended Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, insisting he would “take a bullet” for the Russian leader.

Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Thursday morning, Mr Ecclestone described Mr Putin as “sensible” and “a first class person” who “believed he was doing the right thing for Russia”.

“Unfortunately he’s like a lot of business people, certainly like me, that we make mistakes from time to time and when you make the mistake, you have to do the best you can to get out of it,” he said.

And he criticised Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy for not making enough effort to reach out to his Russian rival.

Mr Ecclestone said: “The other person in Ukraine, his profession I understand used to be a comedian and I think it seems that he wants to continue that profession, because I think if he’d thought about things he would definitely have made a big enough effort to speak to Mr Putin, who is a sensible person, and would have listened to him and could have probably done something about it.”


When it was pointed out that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had claimed the lives of thousands of innocent people, Mr Ecclestone simply replied: “It wasn’t intentional”.


  1. Ecclestone is an out and out supporter of nazis. It’s not the first time this bastard has shown his adoration for genocidal maniacs. In 2009 he come out with these disgusting statements.

    “terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was – in the way that he could command a lot of people – able to get things done.”

    He also said that his friend of 40 years Max Mosley, the son of British fascist leader Oswald Mosley, “would do a super job” as Prime Minister and added “I don’t think his background would be a problem.”

    • This poisonous little dwarf has been known for decades to be a rabid anti-Semite, a racist, a Hitler-lover and naturally, given that track record, is a devout worshipper of the tiny fuhrer of the kremlin. Has been for many years.
      I think UK law has to be amended urgently to ensure that those who advocate for a genocidal dictator must be interned; at least until the end of the war. Max Mosley’s Hitler-loving father; Oswald, was rightly locked up for the duration. The evil propagandist; William Joyce; AKA Lord Haw-Haw, was captured and strung up at the end of the war.
      I can think of quite a few nazi-lovers in politics and the media right now that deserve the same fate.

    • What a creep. I’m curious why normal people still tolerate him and even give him a platform to spew his crap.

  2. It’s not a positive thing when a deranged moron like Ecclestone admires you. I prefer a tarantula as a pet, rather than this asshole as a lapdog.

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