Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed as a "big misunderstanding" the international furore created by his recent interview with London's Times newspaper.

Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed as a "big misunderstanding" the international furore created by his recent interview with London's Times newspaper.

Not only was the F1 chief executive's apparent defence of Adolf Hitler condemned by Jewish groups, it is believed sections of the formula one world argue it is evidence the 78-year-old should retire.

"All this is a big misunderstanding," Ecclestone told Germany's Bild newspaper.

"In the interview we were talking about structures and that it can sometimes be good to act and make strong decisions without reservation," he explained.

"I wasn't using Hitler as a positive example, but pointing out that before his dreadful crimes he worked successfully against unemployment and economic problems," said Ecclestone.

The wide-circulation German newspaper asked the Briton if he felt the need to apologise.

"It was never my intention to hurt the feelings of any community," Bernie replied. "Many people in my closest circle of friends are Jewish.

"Anyone who knows me knows that I would never attack a minority," he added.

 

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