Ecclestone backs calls to rein in Mercedes, dismisses Red Bull quit threat

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Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has supported Christian Horner’s calls for the FIA to rein in the dominant Mercedes team and says he doubts Red Bull will follow up on its recent quit threat.

The two Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg eased to a dominant 1-2 finish at the 2015 season opener in Australia, half a minute clear of closest rival Sebastian Vettel.

Daniel Ricciardo finished a lapped sixth for Red Bull, after a troubled weekend for the Renault-powered squad.

Red Bull team boss Horner was scathing in his criticism of the French engine firm after the race, branding its power unit “undriveable”, before calling for Mercedes’ advantage to be equalised.

“They are absolutely 100 percent right,” Ecclestone told Reuters when asked about Horner’s comments.

“There is a rule that I think [former FIA president] Max [Mosley] put in when he was there that in the event… that a particular team or engine supplier did something magic — which Mercedes have done — the FIA can level up things.

“[Mercedes] has done a first class job which everybody acknowledges. We need to change things a little bit now and try and level things up a little bit.”

Ecclestone also dismissed suggestions that Red Bull is ready to quit F1, following comments by Helmut Marko suggesting owner Dietrich Mateschitz might lose interest in the sport given Mercedes’ domination.

“Whether they will, who knows?” he said. “Dieter [Mateschitz] is a sporting guy and I don’t think he’ll stop because he’s being beaten.

“He’s more likely to stop if he was winning.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool


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