Bernie Ecclestone backs Mercedes shakeup

Published on 25 Jan 2013 16:22
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Bernie Ecclestone has backed the changes taking place at Mercedes. Earlier, beleaguered team boss Ross Brawn played down claims the F1 chief executive may be playing a role in the power struggle, as Austrians Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff reportedly pull their weight against Brackley's old guard including Brawn and Nick Fry.

Asked about the shakeup, Ecclestone - holidaying in Kitzbuhel, Austria - told Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper: "I hope it means that Mercedes is much stronger. I trust that the new team leaders Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff ... it's new people with new ideas. Mercedes has the best engine, strong drivers, enough budget -- I would be disappointed if they are not at the front," the 82-year-old added. (GMM)

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