German two-time world champion Sebastian Vettel signing autographs in
the pits during Formula One testing on Wednesday at the Catalunya
racetrack near Barcelona. The new season begins on March 18 in
LONDON: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone
believes Sebastian Vettel's dominance could be harming the sport and
wants this season's title to be decided only when Brazil hosts the final
Vettel became the youngest F1
champion in the last grand prix of the 2010 season. But the German Red
Bull driver then retained his title with three races to spare last
October, and the Briton is concerned interest could be affected if that
'I hope the last race is going to be the one
where the championship is won,' said Ecclestone. 'We don't want what
happened last year, which was not too good... The only person that would
say 'no' to that would be Sebastian, but I think everybody else would
agree with it.
'But it wasn't good. I am surprised we survived with (the TV ratings) we got right at the end.'
Last season, the 24-year-old Vettel finished 122 points ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button, the 2009 champion.
Lewis Hamilton ended fifth last year, his third barren season since winning the title in 2008.
The trio are among an unprecedented six
champions on the starting grid this year. But Ecclestone is particularly
keen to see Michael Schumacher, 43, returning to the winners' circle.
'It would be nice, wouldn't it, if he did,' said the F1 supremo.
'I'd like to see him in a good car. I'd like to see him in the second Red Bull. I don't think Sebastian would mind.'
Mark Webber, Vettel's current teammate, probably would but Ecclestone said he had nothing against the popular Australian.
'I'm just saying it would be nice to see him
(Schumacher) in the car where you know that if he doesn't win, it's his
fault and not the car's.'
If the third day of F1 testing was anything to go by, however, Schumacher seems pleased with his Mercedes.
The seven-time world champion, who will start
the third season of his comeback chasing his first podium finish since
he retired as a Ferrari driver in 2006, was the second fastest behind
Williams driver Pastor Maldonado on Thursday.
'I'm very happy with the race simulation that
we ran this afternoon. It confirmed what we have seen from the first
tests with our new car, and that we don't seem to have any big issues
with reliability,' said Schumacher.
Meanwhile, Lotus were granted permission on
Thursday to test at Silverstone next week after being forced out of the
pre-season test in Spain because of a problem with the car's chassis.
Testing ended at Barcelona's Circuit de
Catalunya yesterday with a final series at the same track again on March
1-4, before the teams travel to Australia for the opening race of the
season in Melbourne on March 18.