Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has revealed what he thinks about the rivalry shared between the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, and who he thinks would be a better champion.
He sensationally claims that if Rosberg succeeds in securing his maiden title this season, it would be ‘very important’ for the sport in the long run.
Hamilton has been the reigning champion for the last two years and having a new champion in the ranks would be lucrative for Formula One taking into consideration all aspects related to the sport.
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The 86-year-old previously admitted that it would not be productive for racing to have a champion like the German, as there would not be enough to write about him. But he has since backtracked on his statement. declaring he would be happy to see the current leader become win the Driver's Championship.
Daily Mirror quoted the F1 supremo saying: “Well I always get onto a lot of trouble because when people say to me ‘Who is the best world champion for publicity?’ I always say Lewis.
“He travels the world and meets all different people, gets on TV everywhere. He’s super for Formula One. Would it be good to have him as champion? That’s a definite.”
He then continued by hailing the quality of Hamilton’s teammate, and insisting that him being champion would bring in a distinct feature, although not too much of a contrast to the present winner.
Eccelestone added: “But on the other side with Nico, it’s a new world champion, so we’ve got a new world champion in Formula One which is also very, very important.
“And he seems to be growing out of his old self, outwardly not he’s a lot better.”
The two title contenders are separated by 26 points, with Rosberg leading going into the final three races of 2016.
Hamilton, after a scintillating weekend at the United States Grand Prix, will be hoping for a similar result in the Mexican GP as well.
He grabbed pole on Saturday, whereas Rosberg secured the second spot on the grid in a race that would be a battle between teammates for supremacy.
It remains to be seen who comes out as the ultimate winner in the duel which would disclose either the 31-year-old continuing his domination, or the emergence of a new champion in Rosberg.