WHAT IS HE THINKING? Mercedes' Nico Rosberg (left), the wrong winner of the 2015 Monaco F1 GP, strikes a pose as disconsolate loser and team mate Lewis Hamilton (third) slouches off the podium. image: AP / Luca Bruno
MONTE CARLO, Monaco – Formula 1
champion Lewis Hamilton is better for the series than either Sebastian Vettel
or Nico Rosberg, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on
"’I’m a huge Lewis fan because
he is a super promoter of the sport," Ecclestone said in a conversation
with Hamilton's Mercedes team mate Rosberg published on the official Formula 1
"From a pure business aspect --
sorry Nico if I have to say this -- you are not so good for my business."
'GERMANS NOT ON YOUR SIDE'
When Rosberg told Ecclestone that
was “a hard call", Ecclestone pointed to the lack of a 2015German GP.
"It sounds harder than it
meant. Unfortunately you don't have the German fans on your side. As the
cancellation of the German GP indicates, Germany is a terrible market for F1.
"Lewis is a hero in the UK. The
British love F1. Sebastian is also not doing much for F1. People hardly
recognise him on the street."
Double champion Hamilton, now 30, on
pole for Sunday's showcase Monaco GP ahead of Rosberg and Ferrari's Vettel, has
become a familiar face in celebrity magazines and websites for his jet-setting
He’s made friends in Hollywood and
the US music scene as well as the fashion industry.
Ecclestone told Rosberg: "Lewis
is the best champion we’ve had in a long, long time. He manages to get to all
different walks of life: red carpet, fashion business, and music - you name
"That is not your fault or his. You two are just very different
characters."Stay with Wheels24 for the 2015 Formula 1 series.