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Schumacher would win in a Red Bull, says Ecclestone

ESPNF1 Staff
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Bernie Ecclestone thinks Michael Schumacher would win in a Red Bull © Getty Images

Bernie Ecclestone thinks that Michael Schumacher would still be winning races if he was driving a better car, such as a Red Bull, this season.

Schumacher has endured a torrid 2010 season to date in what many predicted would be a successful comeback year. The seven-time world champion is languishing 41 points behind team-mate Nico Rosberg and completed the worst finish of his glittering F1 career with 15th place in Valencia.

But Ecclestone insists it is the Mercedes car that is the reason for Michael Schumacher's struggles in 2010.

"He has found a much more difficult situation than he would have counted on," Ecclestone told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport. "It's not a question of him, but of the car. If Michael was sitting in the Red Bull, he would immediately be as he was before."

Earlier this week FIA President Jean Todt also jumped to Schumacher's defence, calling for greater respect to be shown to the Mercedes driver.

"Michael is a great person, a great champion," Todt told Autosport. "I mean, I don't know somebody else who has won seven titles, 91 grands prix. Some people when they judge, they must be very careful, very respectful of what he has been doing."