Lauda sees Hamilton ahead and warns of Ferrari
Head of the Mercedes Supervisory Board Niki Lauda talks about the competition in Melbourne before the start of the season. Lauda raves about his own drivers.
On Sunday (from 7.10 a.m. in the LIVETICKER) Formula 1 will start the new season. Before that Niki Lauda talks about the title favourites and internal power struggles at Mercedes.
The Chairman of the Mercedes Supervisory Board said in Sport Bild about the competitors of Mercedes: “I see both Ferrari and Red Bull as strong competitors, because the motivation to finally push us off the throne is high.
The three-time former World Champion says to Vettel: “The pressure on Ferrari and Vettel is higher than here, because we’ve won all the time over the last few years” He also sees Max Verstappen from Red Bull strongly, but adds that he has to keep his head clear.
But Lewis Hamilton is the best driver for him, saying about the world champion that he was “actually in a perfect mood”: “By 2017 he was strong as never before. Fast, error-free, focused, with himself in the race. The best for me.”
When asked if Valtteri Bottas and superstar Hamilton could be expected to fight within the team at Mercedes this season, Lauda replied: “No. Both drivers respect each other. It’s different than it was with Nico. Our opponents are the other teams.”
Between Hamilton and his then team mate Nico Rosberg there had been repeated arguments and power struggles.