Lewis Hamilton CLA Class 01

Bernie believes Lewis Hamilton is a strong contender for the win, and with people like Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff supporting the team with their technical and managerial expertise, Bernie says the team no longer has any excuses not to be at the front.

“I believe Mercedes to be much stronger this year because of Lewis. He will be a contender,” he said of Hamilton. “I hope these [changes] will lead to Mercedes becoming much stronger,” Ecclestone added. “I believe Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff can do it. New people, new thinking. They will do the job. Mercedes have the best engine, top drivers, not less budget than other leading teams, so everything would be in place. I would be disappointed if they weren’t there up front. There are no more excuses.”

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