Lauda: Reliability will be crucial for F1 2014
2 January 2014 – Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has said reliability will be the deciding factor next season, when it comes to determining which driver and which team ultimately comes out top.
Red Bull Racing will start 2014 as favourites again, given the squad’s domination in recent years, but Mercedes should also be competitive and after an encouraging 2013, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will both be hoping they can push and put Sebastian Vettel under more pressure as the sport enters a new era and brings in 1.6 litre-turbo charged engines.
“It [the regulation changes] is a big challenge and a big opportunity to go ahead again,” the three-time F1 world champion told Autosport.
“This challenge is on the side of the engine, gearbox and car so I think it is a different thing to the last couple of years.
“I am looking forward to it.”
Pressed on if Mercedes can challenge for the title and what will happen during the coming year, Lauda replied: “Nobody knows.
"But the target has to be reliability. Who has the most reliable piece of engine, gearbox and car will win the championship. Next year is not speed, it is reliability.
“It is what we all have to work for.”