Ecclestone now tipping Hamilton for 2014 F1 title 11 March, 2014 Bernie Ecclestone has changed his mind on who will win the 2014 F1 World Championship title. A month ago, the Formula 1 Chief Executive said that with Mercedes clearly “best prepared” for the all-new 2014 rules, his tip was “(Nico) Rosberg winning the title”. But on Wednesday, Ecclestone told Germany’s Sport Bild: “[Lewis] Hamilton will win the first race, and he will also be world champion this year.” But why Briton Hamilton now instead of German Rosberg? “Because he has the best car,” Ecclestone reasoned, “and he was already world champion” in 2008. The 83-year-old insisted, however, that his favourite Sebastian Vettel is actually the best driver on the F1 grid. “He will be the best at these new complicated rules,” said Ecclestone, “once his car gives him the chance to do so.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Content on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Getty Images, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.