Ecclestone hopes every race will be like a wet race

Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:06pm EDT
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By Keith Weir

LONDON (Reuters) - Bernie Ecclestone is looking forward to an unpredictable 2014 season when new engines threaten to overturn the established order, the Formula One boss said on Monday.

Ecclestone, 83, said he would be able to keep on top of running the sport despite going on trial for bribery in Germany next month.

He also added he did not think that CVC, the largest shareholder in Formula One with a 35 percent stake, planned to sell its holding.

"I hope every race is going to be like a wet race," Ecclestone told Reuters in a telephone interview when asked about prospects for the new season which opens in Melbourne on Sunday. "Unpredictable is the word."

Formula One is facing the biggest technical change for years following the introduction of a new turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems.

All eyes are on Red Bull and champion Sebastian Vettel to see if they can maintain their dominance after struggling in pre-season testing.

Ecclestone's enthusiasm for the new season seems undiminished despite the court case that will take up some of his attention from late April and could run until September.

"We will attend as and when we have to, a couple of days a week," he said of the trial, adding that such a schedule should not disrupt the business too much.   Continued...

Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone leaves the High Court in central London November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville