Just when you thought Formula 1's leadership could not get any more ridiculous, Bernie Ecclestone comes out with this of all things, in defense of a man who really does not need this sort of comparisons...
It defies belief but today's The Times has a headline which reads: "Hitler? He got things done, says Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone"
"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,"
"I prefer strong leaders. Margaret Thatcher made decisions on the run and got the job done. She was the one who built this country up slowly. We've let it go down again. All these guys, Gordon and Tony are trying to please everybody all the time ... Max would do a super job, he's a good leader." "I don't think his background would be a problem."
As the Formula 1 community collectively face palms we are left to wonder: even if you do happen to believe things like that, who says that in public?
It's all very amusing for all the wrong reasons.