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2015-01-22 08:13


THIRD TITLE IN 2015? F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone believes Lewis Hamilton could clinch his third Drivers' title in 2015. Image: AP/ Andre Penner

LONDON, England - Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has tipped 2014 Lewis Hamilton to win his third Drivers' title in 2015.

Ecclestone told Sky Sports on Jan 21: "Whether favourite or not I think he's going to win it. Mercedes has done such a good job with its power unit it's left everybody behind. I can't see people catching up that quickly.

"Maybe in three years."


Hamilton took his second championship in 2014 after winning 11 of 19 races for Mercedes while team mate Nico Rosberg, won five times and was second in the championship.

Ecclestone said Hamilton, who turned 30 in January 2015, was a good champion for the sport because he was better-known than Rosberg and more easily recognisable.

Ecclestone said: "He's a rapper. So we're going to get to a completely different audience as well now. He's going to be good as a champion."

The 2015 season will start in Melbourne, Australia on March 15.


Hamilton has yet to sign a contract beyond 2015 but has said he is relaxed with the situation.

Hamilton told Sky Sports: "I was at the factory for a couple of days but I haven't sat down with the team but we said (at the end of 2014) year that we are not in a rush, we are relaxed.

"The team has acknowledged that it wants to continue with me and vice versa so there's no stress. I'm comfortable and confident and trust that the team is not speaking to anybody else and that they know that's the case with me."

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