Well at least he is not a benefit scrounger
In his testimony, Ecclestone had said that he had been worried that if he had not paid the money, Gribkowsky would have alerted the UK tax authorities to "things" that might have led to a tax inquiry.
"The only alternative was that the British tax authorities followed a case that would have been very expensive for me," said Ecclestone at the time.
"The tax risk would have exceeded £2bn. I paid him to keep calm and not to do silly things."