Triple time F1 world champion Niki Lauda says that Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel again in front. Lauda explained in the Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten interview.
“Good or better to make it easier, as new well from the beginning to get,” says Niki Lauda to the starting position for the Formula 1 season 2012 and expects Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel again in front. What he thinks the comeback of Kimi Raikkonen, the regulations and a possible Austrian driver, he says in the SN-talk.
SN: What will the balance of power in the Formula 1 2012?
Lauda: Now no one knows yet, act like the new cars. But logic tells me that Red Bull will be further forward. It need only due to the change in rules (prohibition of “hot which flow diffuser”, note) are modified exhaust and diffuser. The loss in output is compensated by even better aerodynamics. The question again is: Who is it wisest? He that can build on a very good car already has an advantage. Red Bull can further develop the success: good or to do better is easier than to start over. Mercedes must build a completely new car to get hold. There is the risk of going in the wrong direction. But Mercedes has increased to technicians. McLaren and Ferrari in particular situation is similar. But the real basis for 2012 can only be assessed after the first tests with the new material.
SN: Vettel is world champion again be dominant?
Lauda: That is quite possible. The 2011 Sebastian has increased immensely self-confidence, makes no mistakes. He will be back for the rest of the scale. Who wants to beat him, you need a perfect car.
SN: And how do you see as the main competitors?
Lauda: Hamilton needs to get even his private problems under control. Alonso divorces, which must once fully concentrates on his job. Button was in 2011 is most stable and compact, comes across friendly and everywhere is flawlessly fast. And he has to his immense self-confidence Services 2011. It is very interesting with the persecutors.
SN: With Kimi Raikkonen is another former champion making a comeback.
Lauda: That’s cool that he’s back! He is a colorful personality and will wake up in the first race of great interest among fans and media. For Renault and now Lotus is a good step. If the car fits, Kimi could introduce the team to the big four.
SN: Do you see anywhere a young Austrian with opportunities to Formula 1?
Lauda: That reminds me of the only Italo-Viennese Mirko Bortolotti, who handed in a very good test. As he gives himself the way he talks reminds me totally of the young Rindt. But sympathy alone is not enough.
SN: What happens to the Formula 1 according to Ecclestone?
Lauda: The question is meaningless as long as Bernie is there.
SN: You Endorse the new engine rules with V6 Turbos in 2014?
Lauda: That’s a good solution. It saves fuel, but it is also present performance. A four-cylinder would have been nonsense. Thus, the six-cylinder is a good compromise. What bothers me is the adjustable rear wing. Help to pass by a button of the Clerk, that’s fundamentally the wrong way. The front man is totally defenseless. I think the sport is not in order. Through the tire, with where one must often go to the limit, are given enough overtaking. And they give the design engineers on the task of building the tire-friendly cars. That’s okay.
SN: Stay RTL commentator? We hear that there is resistance in Cologne because of your salary ..
Lauda: We are negotiating, and I expect to continue. As for my fee: This is unchanged since the age of eleven.
Source: Salzburger Nachrichten
Interview © SN / SW
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