Mercedes: Williams' pace set off 'alarm bell'
25 June 2014 – The speed of Williams in Austria last weekend is a warning Mercedes cannot afford to ignore, Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman Niki Lauda has said.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton gave Mercedes its sixth one-two of 2014 at the Red Bull Ring, but both had to battle with the Williams' of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, the latter finishing just six seconds off P2 at the chequered flag.
"The alarm bell is ringing that the competition is coming closer," Lauda told ESPN. "If the alarm bell rings in time then you can do something, but if you sit back, which we won't try to do, you miss out. What we are going to do is keep developing the car."
"We were fighting with the Williams'," Lauda added.
"How many seconds were they behind in the end? Six seconds. They [Hamilton and Rosberg] were not playing around at the front, they were fighting each other and the Williams was six seconds behind. This is what I'm trying to tell you.
"Look at the times, Lewis and Nico were fighting from the beginning to the end. They went full blast from the beginning to the end like all the other races."