Lauda denies connection with Mercedes
25 September 2012 – Niki Lauda has denied reports that he will be offered a senior role at Mercedes, should Lewis Hamilton move to the team next year. On the contrary, the triple World Champion claims that the 2008 title winner will be staying put at McLaren.
Reported by British newspaper The Guardian on Monday, the story is that Lauda is offering Hamilton visions of a Mercedes ‘super team’. However, when talking with the official F1 website, the Austrian’s thoughts are somewhat different.
“Hamilton will stay with McLaren,” said Lauda, who is also a Formula 1 pundit on German television. When asked about Mercedes, he simply replied: “I have no idea what they are up to.”
Adding that Kimi Räikkönen should remain with Lotus and that he expects no significant driver reshuffles ahead of 2013, Lauda spoke of the Ferrari line-up.
“Pérez would be a risk,” he claimed. “Massa is predictable and Alonso likes him, so I say that such a switch is not going to happen.”
Lauda won his first two world titles for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977, then wrapped up a third and final crown for McLaren after returning from retirement in 1984.