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Lauda plays down Rosberg-to-Ferrari rumours

  • Published on 23 May 2016 14:05
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Niki Lauda has played down rumours Nico Rosberg might be contemplating a switch to Ferrari for 2017. After the Spanish grand prix, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera claimed Rosberg was "flirting with Ferrari" as his current Mercedes contract expires.

"As long as he is not flirting with me," Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who has made clear he would prefer Kimi Raikkonen to stay, joked last week in Barcelona. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, however, thinks the fact there is speculation about Ferrari's interest in Rosberg should be no surprise. "From their view, it would make sense," he is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

But Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda insisted: "We have everything under control. Why would Rosberg go to Ferrari when Vettel has been there already for two years and knows everything about the team? In that case he would always be second," the F1 legend added. (GMM)

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  • They are all wrong, I am in discussions with Ferrari for next year.

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    • May 23 2016 - 14:12
  • khasmir

    Posts: 893

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: two drivers with the same nationality in the same team is bad for marketing. Has not happened very often in the past, only "recent" example I can think of is Button and Hamilton with Mclaren from 2010-2012.

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    • May 23 2016 - 19:04
  • Vet5

    Posts: 225

    Lauda knows nothing, Ferrari are doing the same to Rosberg as they did to Bottas last year, trying to destabilize the team. Rosberg has good mental stability so I doubt this will affect him, theres more politics in F1 now than there is racing!

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    • May 24 2016 - 10:01
    • Barron

      Posts: 625

      Always has been to my recollection...

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      • May 24 2016 - 12:18
    • Vet5

      Posts: 225

      Very true!

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      • May 24 2016 - 15:21

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