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. Related NewsHamilton says Pirelli tyres for Hungary are badZetsche: Why does Ecclestone do everything alone?Mercedes and Red Bull surprised by gap in HungaryMercedes: We enjoyed two trouble-free sessionsLauda: We have never talked with VettelMercedes backtrack on Brembo blame for Hamilton shuntRosberg: I don’t care about statisticsVettel: I think any offer has to be consideredAlonso: Mercedes has surprised everybodyHamilton versus Rosberg is much more than a title fight 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.