Ecclestone has high expectations for Mercedes 25 January, 2013 F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has high expectations for Mercedes in 2013, as the team now has Lewis Hamilton alongside Nico Rosberg in its line-up and a whole new senior management structure. “I expect Mercedes to be much stronger. Lewis will be a contender, and if Mercedes are good then Nico [Rosberg] will also have a chance,” Ecclestone told the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper. “I would be disappointed if Mercedes wouldn’t be high up there,” he added. A strong Mercedes team would see the balance of power at the top of Formula One widen, with Red Bull the team to beat, while Ferrari and McLaren continue as favourites, with Lotus and possibly Mercedes pretenders to the throne. (GP247) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsNo number one for Hamilton who wants to keep #44F1 drivers take to Twitter to congratulate HamiltonDennis: McLaren board will decide 2015 driversLauda: Nico will fight backHamilton: New Mercedes contract is a formalityHamilton: I celebrated with a watermelon juiceRosberg: Hamilton was the best driver on the grid this yearHamilton: I feel very happy here, no rush to sign new dealLewis and Nico shake hands at end of epic seasonHamilton family spring surprise on champ fools yeah all of a sudden huh Bernie? less then 2months ago you were hating the fact and almost in shock that Hamilton made the move, Now u have high expectations huh? I hope Hamilton does well. He gets bad press way to much. Durptron5000 Nice underhanded blow at Nico. Mercedes wouldn’t be even in a position of being close to the top dogs without Nico. If it was only Schumis performances and another driver, the Mercedes operation may have well lost funding by now. Hawk Bernie was one of the architects behind Lewis move.