Bernie: F1 needs Hamilton to win, not Nico

Bernie Ecclestone believes Formula 1 needs "someone like Lewis" Hamilton to win the World title as there is "nothing to write" about Nico Rosberg.

With four races remaining this season Rosberg is edging closer to a first Drivers' Championship title.

The German has a 33-point advantage over Hamilton and could put an end to the Brit's reign.

One person who is not happy about that is F1 supremo Ecclestone.

"If Nico won the title it would be good for him and good for Mercedes but it wouldn't necessarily help the sport because there is nothing to write about him," the 86-year-old told the Daily Mail.

"Even in Germany it wouldn't help. You need someone like Lewis."

He added: "Kimi's doing a better job than Nico!"

Ecclestone also had a go at the drivers in general, saying life is too easy with their fat salaries and suggested that drivers should be paid after grands prix with their wages dependent on their form.

"The drivers now earn a lot of money, which is good except that doesn't necessarily keep them on their toes. They don't live in fear. 

"Maybe the financial structure should be changed. They should get a cheque after each race. We must take a look at that. They have an easy life today."

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