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Ecclestone sees Force India as potential race winners

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Bernie Ecclestone believes Force India has what it takes to win races this year and is confident they will progress up the grid in 2014.

Force India finished sixth in the constructors' championship last year after a tense battle with McLaren midway through the season. The team has not scored a podium since 2009 when Giancarlo Fisichella qualified the VJM02 on pole at Spa-Francorchamps and just lost out in a race-long battle with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

But Ecclestone believes Force India can go one step further this year and start winning races under the new V6 turbo regulations.

"Why a podium? I would love to see them win a race. And I am confident they can achieve that," he told Indian news agency IANS. "They might not be as strong as the Mercedes but as their customers, Force India should progress farther up the grid."

Ecclestone thinks Mercedes looks best prepared after the first test in Jerez and has tipped Nico Rosberg to succeed over team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

"Anything can happen under the new regulations," he said. "So I would not want to comment much on what could happen this season. The way things worked out at Jerez, Mercedes seem best prepared to succeed with Rosberg winning the title."

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