user icon

Lauda believes Hamilton should be number 1 at Mercedes

  • Published on 30 Aug 2017 10:31
  • comments 2
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda believes that Valtteri Bottas should fall into a support role for the rest of the season and aid teammate Lewis Hamilton in the championship fight. Currently, Sebastian Vettel tops the standings, with Hamilton only seven points behind.

Bottas has been considered by many as a player in the 2017 title fight, but a poor showing in Belgium saw him slip further behind in the drivers' championship. The Finn is 34 points behind Hamilton and despite picking up two wins this year, Lauda thinks it is time for the team to prioritise a driver.

"This giving away of points must stop now," he said, referring to Hungary when Hamilton pulled over for Bottas to honour a policy of driver equality. "I was champion by half a point, so I know exactly how important every single point is when you count them in the end," the triple world champion insisted.

"I know exactly what we need to do. Bottas did not have a strong weekend at Spa so it is already clear that Lewis has a better chance for the championship. If Lewis had not given away those three points in Budapest, he would now be only four points behind Vettel," Lauda said.

Bottas still believes he is in the fight: "There are still eight races and a lot of points left on the table," he told Auto Motor und Sport. "Lewis and Sebastian have had no failures yet, and I don't wish that on anybody - it's just a fact. Something can always happen. It's up to me. I just have to be on pole position and then beat my opponents."

 

Fergal Walsh

Replies (2)

Login to reply
  • Stop worrying Niki, with the extra oil that you can burn and the other teams cannot, you'll win both titles easily anyway without demotivating Bottas.

    • + 3
    • Aug 30 2017 - 11:23
  • Let them race instead of controling the results!

    • + 1
    • Aug 30 2017 - 12:31

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

World Championship standings 2020

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 1,322
  • Podiums 50
  • Grand Prix 119
  • Country Finland
  • Date of b. Aug 28 1989 (31)
  • Place of b. Nastola, Finland
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.73 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
See full schedule
show sidebar