Bernie Ecclestone: Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel ‘bad for business’

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Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said that German drivers Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel are “not so good” for the business of the sport.

While Ecclestone praised current champion Lewis Hamilton for his off track appearances, he reckons Rosberg and Vettel could do more to boost F1’s popularity.

“I still believe that Lewis is the best champion that we have had in a long, long time,” Ecclestone said in a joint interview with Rosberg for the official Formula 1 website.

“He manages to get to all different walks of life: red carpet, fashion business, and music – you name it. That is not your [Nico’s] fault or his. You two are just very different characters.

“Nico is not seeking the limelight as Lewis does. Lewis wants to be famous.”

When asked if he understood Ecclestone’s viewpoint, Rosberg said: “Of course I do. Bernie is the commercial rights holder so the more outgoing the champion is, the better.

“I also think about our sport and want to make an effort – but in my own way. I am Nico and not Lewis!”

Ecclestone added: “When it comes to F1 I am a huge Lewis fan because he is a super promoter of the sport. From a pure business aspect – sorry Nico if I have to say this – you are not so good for my business.”

“Wait a minute. That is a hard call,” Rosberg responded.

Expanding on his view, Ecclestone said: “It sounds harder than it is meant.

“Unfortunately you don’t have the German fans on your side. As the cancellation of the German Grand Prix indicates, Germany is a terrible market for Formula 1.

“On the contrary Lewis is a hero in the UK. The British love Formula 1. Sebastian is also not doing much for F1. People hardly recognise him on the street.”


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