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2014-05-12 12:11

LEAVING COURT: F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone leaving the courtroom on the third day of his trial in Munich, Germany. Image: AP

BARCELONA, Spain - Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone cut a careworn figure in the paddock in Montmelo, Barcelona as he clings to F1 power.

The 83-year-old had travelled to Spain on Saturday (May 10 2014) almost direct from Munich, where he sat in court and listened to the testimony of Gerhard Gribkowsky, the jailed banker he allegedly bribed.

Some predict diminutive Ecclestone will soon join Gribkowsky behind bars and in Spain some sources reported that the F1 'supremo' has seemed tired and without his usually mischievous and jovial mood in recent weeks.

Perhaps he is just busier than ever, juggling his management of F1 with the Munich proceedings.

INFLUENTIAL FIGURES

He could not, for example, simply skip the Spanish GP, as he met almost every F1 race promoter there, including representatives from Russia, where the F1 Sochi race is reportedly endangered over the Crimean crisis.

Ecclestone also apparently met influential figures such as Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche and Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz at the Circuit de Catalunya.

He will be back in court on Tuesday (May 13 2014) the German news agency DPA reported.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: "This is actually a very stressful time for him. Bernie is the one who holds everything together."

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