“They’ve done nothing wrong. They didn’t start anything. They want to get on with their life. They want the kids to go to school, go to work and earn a living to keep the family going. They don’t deserve to have to suffer. It’s not good for anybody. I can’t see anyone getting anything out of this and I think they should get together and find an agreement.
“I’m sorry if it’s anything I’ve said that’s upset anybody because it certainly wasn’t intended.”
Current F1 bosses distanced themselves from Ecclestone’s prior defence of Putin, saying that it went against ‘the modern values of the sport’. The Russian Grand Prix was removed from the F1 calendar this year as a result of Putin’s invasion, and Nikita Mazepin lost his seat with Haas.