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Rosberg Bernie's winner of choice

Thursday 06-February-2014 08:18

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that he would like to see a new champion being crowned this year, with Nico Rosberg his preferred choice.

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have dominated the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships over the last four years, a period of domination Ecclestone is hopeful comes to an end under the F1 regulations in 2014.

Red Bull only completed 21 laps during the four-day test in Jerez last week and struggled with the car's power unit, as well as suffering from overheating problems throughout.

Mercedes duo Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, racked up 309 and were near the top of the time sheets throughout the session at the Spanish track.

"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 said during a telephone interview with Indian news service IANS.

Ecclestone added that the start of the season will in all likelihood be somewhat unpredictable and several of the teams in mid-field, like Force India, could produce a few surprising performances.

"I would love to see them win a race. And I am confident they can achieve that. They might not be as strong as the Mercedes but as their customers, Force India should progress farther up the grid," he continued.

Force India have only had one podium - a second place by Giancarlo Fisichella at Spa in 2009 - but have shown steady improvement over the last couple of seasons and finished sixth in 2013, ahead of the likes of Williams and Sauber.

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