Ecclestone also opened up on why he felt Vettel missed out on winning a world championship during his time at Ferrari.
He explained: “Michael’s situation with Ferrari was a little bit different because I once said to him, ‘who’s running the team?’ He said ‘I am.’ That’s probably the truth why they’re so successful.
“The trouble with Italians, they haven’t really got a lot of leaders…they haven’t got a leader in my opinion.
“The person in charge of the team is basically a super engineer, he’s been with Ferrari for more than 20 years.”
The 2020 F1 season has been delayed due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.