Ecclestone hopes for better Drivers Championship

He has made no secret of his admiration for Sebastian Vettel’s talent, but F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone admits that he does not want to see the German running away with the 2012 world title.
For the last two seasons, Bernie Ecclestone has, When asked, said that Vettel would claim that years title. However, Ecclestone does hope that he has greater competition in scooping up the title than he did in 2011.Despite the rulebook being tweaked for 2012, Ecclestone is not betting against Red Bull coming up with another front-running car, but hopes that its rivals, including McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes, can raise their game enough to keep Vettel off the top step of the podium at the majority of races.“Of course, Red Bull are still going to be there. I would much prefer a fight for the world title right to the end of the season,” He told Austria’s Salzburger Nachtrichten.

“I don’t want Red Bull to dominate in the same way, but I fear that’s what will happen.”Beyond Red Bull, however, Ecclestone clearly sees McLaren as the champion’s closest rival, with fellow Britons Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of the MP4-27 but hopes that the third- and fourth-ranked teams can also step up their performance this season.“At McLaren, Button is the surprise, as he stood out from Hamilton” he commented, “I would be surprised if Mercedes don’t win a race this year and, as for Ferrari, I can only hope they improve significantly. Alonso is super-talented and deserves a perfect car.”

Despite his misgivings over a potentially one-sided championship, however, Ecclestone also admitted that he understood that fans wanted to be entertained on a weekly, or fortnightly, basis.

“The TV viewers care more about the tension of the race than the championship,” he concluded.

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