Lauda: Silverstone perfectly timed for Hamilton
25 June 2014 – Niki Lauda reckons Lewis Hamilton will come out fighting at the British Grand Prix next week and that the home fans will help lift his confidence.
Hamilton heads to Silverstone 29-points behind his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg as they vie for the 2014 Formula 1 Drivers' title and he badly needs a win now to kick-start his championship bid.
"I've told him to go to Silverstone and don't worry. I have no doubt he will fight back there," Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman Lauda told The Scotsman. "It's his home grand prix, and with the crowd behind him that will lift his confidence. It's a race that comes at the perfect time for him.
"Unfortunately it is now a big gap [to Rosberg], no question, because Lewis' previous race in Montreal was a disaster for him [after he had to retire]. But he will keep on fighting, don't worry. He will now be even more motivated going to Silverstone after this result and with the points' difference.
"I'm really looking forward to a good race at Silverstone between the two, and that nobody else comes in between, and I am sure Lewis will be at the highest level he can find."
Lauda also added suggestions Hamilton is starting to crack mentally are wide of the mark.
"He's not in any way disturbed, so I've no need to coach him at all. I've known him for a long time and he's absolutely perfect in his head, there is nothing wrong. He's highly motivated. There is no worry at all," Lauda stressed.