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Bernie Ecclestone tips Sebastian Vettel as champion

ESPNF1 Staff
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Can Sebastian Vettel win the championship in 2010? © Sutton Images
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Despite saying that Michael Schumacher can triumph again, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has backed another German for the 2010 title - Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

The 2010 F1 grid will feature four world champions, but Ecclestone believed the honors will go to the 22-year-old who finished nine points behind Jenson Button in 2009.

"Schumacher can of course win the title but the younger drivers will absolutely want to beat him," Ecclestone told told Bild. "There are five or six drivers that can race for the championship title but I predict that Sebastian Vettel will be the next world champion in Formula One."

Vettel joined F1 in 2006 as BWM Sauber's third driver, and made his race debut for the team at the American Grand Prix in 2007, standing in for injured Robert Kubica. He joined Toro Rosso for the Hungarian race that year, and remained with the team for the 2008 season. He moved to Red Bull in 2009 and enjoyed a superb season finishing second in the championship.