Lauda: Mercedes situation still tricky
4 June 2014 – Niki Lauda has said relations between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg remain 'tricky' going to Canada.
Although Hamilton has now made up with Rosberg and tweeted on Friday that things are now 'cool' and 'we are still friends', Lauda added it is clear the situation remains fragile after what happened in Monaco two weeks ago. Rosberg beat Hamilton there, but only after taking that controversial pole position.
"Lewis has now accepted that Nico won in Monaco and he was second, which is really no shame," Mercedes non-executive chairman Lauda told Austria's Osterreich newspaper.
"In Montreal we will get together again and discuss everything alone. After that the fight will go on for the world title, with both in equal cars."
"[But] with two alphas currently in the best car, of course, it is [a] tricky [situation]," he added. "However, given the superiority of Mercedes that in turn makes the races interesting again. I know from my time with Alain Prost as a team-mate [and the battle for the 1984 F1 title] what the situation is like.
"But we will let our drivers' race against each other without restriction and while tension is quite normal, it can also escalate. [If it does] then I will get involved as a mentor."
So what can we expect in Montreal? "Nico was clearly faster in Monte Carlo. But now Lewis will do everything he can to fight back," Lauda replied. "It is a strain on our nerves, although for the fans and the sport there is nothing better."