Bernie Ecclestone backs Mercedes for 2014 F1 title, calls Force India a 'dark horse'

Bernie Ecclestone feels that the first few races of the season could be a lottery, giving midfield teams like Force India a chance to spring a surprise.

updated: February 06, 2014 00:32 IST
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New Delhi: Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is one of the many who want to see a new champion in the upcoming season, ending the four-year domination of Sebastian Vettel over the sport. The new regulations make the season unpredictable and the F1 czar sees the Mercedes-Nico Rosberg combination best prepared to win the title.

Reigning champions Red Bull struggled at the opening pre-season test at Jerez last week, clocking only 21 laps over four days owing to overheating and power unit issues. Rivals Mercedes, on the other hand, racked up 309 laps through Lewis Hamilton and Rosberg with Mercedes-powered cars (Force India, McLaren and Williams) recording 875 laps in total.

"Anything can happen under the new regulations. So I would not want to comment much on what could happen this season. The way things worked out at Jerez, Mercedes seem best prepared to succeed with Rosberg winning the title," Ecclestone told IANS over phone from London.

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