Apr.24 (GMM) Niki Lauda has issued a “guarantee” that Lewis Hamilton is staying at Mercedes.
The reigning world champion’s talks over a contract beyond 2015 have been publicly long and repeatedly delayed, but team chairman Lauda said earlier this week that the saga will have come to an end by the forthcoming Spanish grand prix.
“Lewis will drive for Mercedes next year, I can guarantee you that,” the F1 legend Lauda, who was instrumental in wooing Hamilton from McLaren in 2013, said.
“And another two years on top of that as well.”
Indeed, Hamilton had been linked with a shock move to Ferrari, but when asked during an interview with Germany’s RTL if he will be Sebastian Vettel’s next teammate wearing red, the Briton answered: “Not any time soon.”
Maurizio Arrivabene, the new Ferrari team boss, is also now playing down the Hamilton rumours.
“Did Lewis Hamilton call you?” he smiled to reporters last weekend in Bahrain. “Because he never called me.”
09/07/2017 Hamilton-Vettel ‘aggression’ to increase – Lauda Jul.9 (GMM) Niki Lauda has warned that tensions between F1's two championship protagonists look set to heat up rather than cool down.
After Baku, Lewis Hamilton made clear he thought […]
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15/04/2018 Ferrari dominance is F1 ‘turning point’ Apr.15 (GMM) Silver-clad heads are being scratched in Shanghai.
That's because Ferrari is clearly now the fastest car in formula one -- both in the Bahraini heat a week ago and now in […]
05/04/2015 Both drivers attended pre-China meeting – Lauda Apr.5 (GMM) Mercedes is pulling together to fend off the new threat posed by Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel's Sepang win was a shock to the formerly-dominant reigning champions, prompting a […]
14/03/2017 Mercedes ‘still ahead’ for 2017 – Marchionne Mar.14 (GMM) Ferrari has rejected the "favourite" tag ahead of next weekend's season-opening Australian grand prix.
Although Mercedes has won the past three titles, Lewis Hamilton thinks […]
07/05/2015 ‘Arms race’ to decide 2015 title – Vettel May 7 (GMM) Mercedes is now set for a head-to-head fight with Ferrari starting in Barcelona this weekend. That is the view of the reigning world champion team's F1 chairman Niki Lauda, […]
29/01/2016 Vettel can benefit from Mercedes feud – Wolff Jan.29 (GMM) Mercedes chiefs are heading into the 2016 season with their eyes fixed firmly on Ferrari. "Ferrari has found its old strength," declared Niki Lauda, a former Ferrari […]
11/09/2017 Ferrari ‘favourites’ for Singapore – Lauda Sep.11 (GMM) Niki Lauda has named Ferrari as the favourite to win this weekend's Singapore grand prix.
That is despite the fact Lewis Hamilton took over the championship lead at Monza […]
23/05/2017 Vettel, Hamilton’s rivals ‘can’t keep up’ – Lauda May 23 (GMM) Niki Lauda has hailed the Ferrari versus Mercedes duel for the 2017 world championship.
So far this year, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have each won two grands prix, […]
08/06/2017 Mercedes, not Ferrari, using team orders – Surer Jun.8 (GMM) Marc Surer thinks it is Mercedes, not Ferrari, who have been using 'team orders' so far in 2017.
As the 'big two' teams' title battle ramps up, some including Lewis Hamilton […]