F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said that he doesn't feel returning seven-time champion Michael Schumacher will be in contention for victory when the 2010 season gets underway this weekend in Bahrain.

Schumacher will come out of retirement to return to the sport with Mercedes this season, bringing an end to his long relationship with Ferrari.

However, Ecclestone said he felt there were other drivers in with a better chance of succeeding during the season ahead and that Schumacher could end up frustrated if he is unable to match the kind of results he enjoyed in the past.

"There are a lot of drivers in with a chance this season," he told The Times. "Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and I think Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull looks very good. He would be one of my strongest tips for the title.

"But, at the moment, we don't know what sort of car Michael has got and it seems he might not be at the front. We all know what he is like when things don't go his way and he might run out of patience if he finds himself stuck in the middle.

"At least if Michael gets heated up, it will be good for the viewers and the sport -- anything but politics."

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