German prosecutors are closing in on F1's chief executive Bernie Ecclestone
, according to the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. It has emerged that Ecclestone could soon be indicted after former F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky testified from behind bars that the 81-year-old Briton mockingly called him a "civil servant" amid the alleged bribery transactions of some years ago.
That would open Ecclestone to the serious charge of having knowingly bribed a public official. Bild newspaper said prosecutor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch has confronted Ecclestone's lawyers with the outcome of the investigation and is awaiting a response. (GMM)