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Lauda expects 'tough year' for Mercedes

  • Published on 14 Mar 2017 11:53
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Mercedes is looking ahead to a "tough year", according to team chairman and F1 legend Niki Lauda. Lewis Hamilton said in Barcelona last week that although Ferrari appears strong, the Italian team could be "bluffing" and in fact be even faster in 2017.

Sebastian Vettel said: "Our car is certainly better than last year. But Mercedes have traditionally slowed down in tests and then fly at the races. They are still the ones to beat," he is quoted by Bild newspaper.

Indeed, many others agree that Mercedes is also bluffing, and will emerge in Melbourne with a car capable of winning a fourth consecutive world championship. "Everyone is saying that if you look at the past, Mercedes will win again," Lauda told the German broadcaster RTL.

"But these are naive people. I think we have a tough year ahead of us," he added. "At the moment, no one can say who will be in front in Melbourne. But the field is definitely closer together." (GMM)

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  • Vet5

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    Why try and hide mercedes true pace by saying Ferrari are the favorites, Lauda you speak absolute nonsense! Though if merc do head the field again, i hope Bottas destroys butthurt

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    • Mar 14 2017 - 12:19
    • Butthurt boy has two problems, Bottas and possibly not so dominant car. But Lauda and Wolff are smug trolls. It would be superb hot steaming crow to eat for them if their trolling comes back to bite them in the butts with Ferrari actually beating them out marginally.

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      • Mar 14 2017 - 12:38
    • Vet5

      Posts: 225

      I hope so! I dont care what team win but please dont let it be bloody merc and butthurt!

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      • Mar 14 2017 - 13:36
  • Samouri

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    As Lauda said, " At the moment, no one can say who will be in front in Melbourne Hopefully it will be the WO8.

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    • Mar 14 2017 - 20:58

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