Bernie Ecclestone has supported Red Bull's call to rein in Mercedes' total dominance by reducing the German teams' power unit advantage, which saw them breeze to a one-two finish at the opening Formula 1 Grand Prix in Australia.

Mercedes look set for a second season of at the top after finishing first and second, winning pole position and consistently setting the quickest lap times in Australia. The German team won all-but three GPs last year as the championship race was fought solely between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has asked for the sport's governing body, the FIA, to impose an 'equalisation mechanism' to enable the other teams to catch up.

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"They are absolutely 100 percent right," Ecclestone told Reuters. "There is a rule that I think [former president] Max Mosley put in when he was there that in the event that a particular team or engine supplier did something magic - which Mercedes have done - the FIA can level up things.

"They [Mercedes] have done a first class job which everybody acknowledges. We need to change things a little bit now and try and level things up a little bit."

Ecclestone continued by saying the Mercedes power unit development should be halted to enable other engine suppliers - Renault, Ferrari and Honda - to narrow the gap in performance.

"What we should have done was frozen the Mercedes engine and leave everybody else to do what they want so they could have caught up," he said. "We should support the FIA to make changes."

Under the current rules, teams have a number of tokens which they can use to make power unit changes during the season but a complete revision of an engine is not allowed.

Renault-powered Red Bull have been left in Mercedes slipstream while Ferrari also appear to be off the pace of the factory Mercedes team, while Jenson Button's Honda-powered McLaren finished two laps down on the front-running Mercedes in Australia.