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Ecclestone open to change

by Michelle Fortune , 03 January 2013

Bernie Ecclestone admits it 'wouldn't be a bad thing' if Red Bull were to be knocked off their perch in 2013.


Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have dominated Formula 1 for the past three seasons with the German driver claiming a hat-trick of world titles and helping the team top the constructors championship.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso ran Vettel close in 2012 only for the German to clinch the title in the final race of the year, leading Ecclestone to declare he was the worthy winner of the championship despite the Spaniard's better record throughout the season.

Vettel and Red Bull are once again the favourites for both titles in 2013 but Ecclestone admits he would like to see a change in the order.

"I explained that Vettel is a true champion, but that he's still young and can only improve in terms of being a character in the sport and in terms of his personality," Ecclestone said of his previous comments surrounding Vettel's title.

"As for Alonso, after three years of dominance by Red Bull it wouldn't be too bad a thing if we were to have a change at the top of the sport, perhaps with Ferrari leading the way again."

Ecclestone's comments resulted in Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo launching another attack on the Formula 1 supremo, declaring him to be too old to continue in his role and calling for a restructuring of the sport.

Di Montezemolo was also unhappy with Ecclestone's comments surrounding Ferrari's appeal over an incident involving Vettel during the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, but the 82-year-old insists their war of words has not affected their friendship.

"Montezemolo is still a friend and I'm convinced that he didn't really intend to say the things he said about me, about my age and my ability to continue to work. I'm happy - it's just 'role playing'" he told Corriere della Sera.

"All I said was that [Red Bull] deserved to win the Drivers' and Constructors' titles again and that I didn't agree with the stance Ferrari were taking with the appeal against the alleged and non-existent rule infringement by Vettel at Interlagos."

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