One of the by-products of the Constantin Media trial in London's High Court - in which, among others, Bernie Ecclestone stands accused of underselling Formula 1's commercial rights to current majority owner CVC Capital Partners - is that the investment fund's co-founder Donald Mackenzie was unequivocal about the F1 tsar's fate should he in any way be linked to impropriety.
Last year, Gerhard Gribkowsky, the former risk officer of BayernLB, the Bavarian state-owned financial institution which inherited a 47.2 per cent shareholding of the rights after Kirch Media plunged into financial distress, pleaded guilty to accepting $44 million in bribes from Ecclestone and his family trust Bambino.
Constantin alleges it suffered a £100m financial loss through undervaluation.
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South African-born Dieter trained as industrial engineer before holding down a variety of senior motor industry marketing and manufacturing positions. At the age of 40 he decided to follow his passion, and became the first and only South African journalist to cover Formula 1 regularly. Dieter joined AtlasF1 at the beginning of 2004 – a year prior to its merger with Autosport – and his regular column offers an intriguing analysis of F1’s politicking and commercial chicanery. Although now also proudly Belgian, he gives his domicile as "Wherever F1 duplicity lurks".@RacingLines More features by Dieter Rencken