“If he had had a Red Bull or a Ferrari, Michael would have won again,” the F1 chief executive told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
“He should have demanded more guarantees, because it was his [Mercedes] car [to blame] and now his reputation has been tainted,” added Ecclestone.
In a new interview with Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, Schumacher – who turns 44 on Thursday – didn’t want to say that he would have definitely won races in a Red Bull.
The seven time world champion said: “I would agree that if I was in a car like that, I would be running with those [top] guys.
“Whether I would win races in the current Red Bull or McLaren is a good question,” said Schumacher, who won a record 91 races in his ultra-successful first career.
“You don’t just get in a car and win immediately. Could I go as fast in a custom Vettel car as I could in a custom Schumacher car? Probably not,” he admitted.
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