Dec.18 (GMM/ Bernie Ecclestone has poked fun at the legal troubles that almost landed him in jail this year.

Every Christmas season, the F1 supremo sends out a card to his friends in the sport featuring a personalised cartoon.

In past years, he has poked fun at ‘spygate’, depicted Max Mosley whipping sore bottoms, shown Jean Todt holding hands in Concorde marriage and Lewis Hamilton fleeing a smoking McLaren for Mercedes-fuelled dollars.

For 2014, the 84-year-old Briton has turned the humorous heat on himself.

The card depicts a robber on horseback pointing a gun at Ecclestone, who is carrying a hefty sack marked ‘$100 million’.

“This is not a robbery,” the thief tells Bernie. “I am collecting for the Bavarian state.”

As ever, however, a cheeky Ecclestone hinted he might get something in return, saying inside the card: “Maybe now we can have a formula one race in the really nice city of Munich, Germany.”

Recently, Ecclestone sat down with a close group of specialist reporters and admitted that the Gerhard Gribkowsky scandal and trial had made 2014 a “difficult” year.

“It’s not easy to take your mind away when somebody tells you that you might get ten years,” he was quoted by Forbes’ Christian Sylt.