A firm's claim for more than $100 million in damages from Bernie Ecclestone is far-fetched and relies on confessions from a jailed banker who is a "fantasist", a lawyer for the Formula One boss argued on Wednesday.
German media firm Constantin Medien alleges that Ecclestone and three other defendants deliberately undervalued Formula One when German bank BayernLB sold its 47 percent stake in the sport to CVC Capital Partners for $830 million in 2005.
Constantin had an interest in the sale and says it lost out as a result of the undervaluation, which it says was a "corrupt bargain" instigated by Ecclestone because he knew CVC would keep him in place as Formula One chief.
Putting forward Ecclestone's version of events on the second day of a civil case at the High Court in London, lawyer Robert Miles said there was no merit in Constantin's claim.
"This is a case that simply does not add up," he said, arguing that Ecclestone would have had no interest in undervaluing Formula One when his family's Bambino Holdings was selling its own 25 percent stake at the same price.
Ecclestone, 83, is to give evidence in person next week.
The case is one of a barrage of legal problems that threaten to end his long reign over Formula One. A German court is to decide next year whether he should be tried for bribery there.
He rejects Constantin's allegation BayernLB was persuaded to sell to CVC at that price because he promised multi-million-dollar bribes to the executive in charge, Gerhard Gribkowsky.
"The bank was absolutely delighted at the offer. The reason it sold to CVC was because it considered it was a very good offer," Miles said.
Article continued on next page...
Broadway musical Cats set to extend run at Dubai Opera
Strong demand for tickets results in organisers adding three...
Grooming success: Negin Fattahi Dasmal
The founder of salon concepts including the exclusive 1847...
Young wheels: Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös
Rolls-Royce’s millennial-makeover has shaved 10 years off...
The Experience by Reif Othman
Finally - a different dining experience we have all been...
Where to shop in Dubai for your ski holiday
Your ultimate guide for the best places and prices
Gold carpet worth $1.4m showcased in Dubai
Persian carpet that contains 4.2kg of gold took over seven...
AED6,000 VIP tickets for Kim Kardashian's Dubai makeup masterclass sold out
Reality television star chose the Dubai as her first international...