"Anybody who criticises Michael is wrong. He deserves better," said Bernie, in a joint interview with Mercedes’ Norbert Haug.
Haug agreed: "No, for sure he doesn’t deserve that."
Speaking with the official formula 1 website, Haug said that Schumacher’s role in the team was having a significant effect at Mercedes GP.
"He stimulates everybody, including Nico," Haug added.
While Ecclestone admitted that Nico Rosberg currently taking most of the spoils was hardly a surprise, he tipped Schumacher to bounce back from his season-opening setbacks.
"Nico is very talented and Michael was on holiday for three years. Ask me the same question after another two races," Bernie said.
Some theories – no doubt bred within the tabloid masses – have tipped Schumacher will bid a quick retreat in order to stop the embarrassment and protect his reputation.
Ecclestone said: "Michael would have never returned had he not been convinced that he can do the job. He is not a tourist in the paddock — he’s here to win. And he will win again."
"We all know that Michael would be his first and foremost critic if he realised that this job is not for him anymore. But that’s not the case," said Haug. "Within the team, Michael is extremely constructive. This enthusiasm is firing up the whole team."
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