Next time some uptight Formula One fan tries to sell you on the merits of European-style open-wheel racing, go ahead and remind him that two of his sport’s bosses love German dictators with little mustaches. Outgoing FIA boss Max Mosley, of course, has been known to enjoy a good sex-romp with Nazi whores. And Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone told the Times of London that he prefers totalitarian regimes to democracies. Ecclestone praised Adolf Hitler for his ability to "get things done."

Ecclestone, 78, said,  "In a lot of ways, 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.

"In the end he got lost, so he wasn’t a very good dictator because either he had all these things and knew what was going on and insisted, or he just went along with it … so either way he wasn’t a dictator."

Let’s follow Ecclestone’s logic. Hitler was a good dictator except when he wasn’t a good dictator. This guy is a billionaire how?

Ecclestone, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, also criticized democracy, claiming that "it hasn’t done a lot of good for many countries — including this one (Britain)."


Ecclestone endorses the concept of a government based on tyranny, which makes him a natural to run a sports league.

Hitler? He got things done, says Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone (Times Online)

Ecclestone dismisses Hitler controversy as misunderstanding (Guardian)