Triple times world champion Niki Lauda will join Mercedes as an advisor in the near future, taking on the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the team’s Board of Directors.
Following his latest move, Lauda says that Mercedes now have the ‘best driver in the world’ after the Lewis Hamilton signing new deal with team for future.
“In a bad car he is the best driver in the world because he is unbelievably quick and he makes no compromise,” Lauda told BBC 5Live.
“Lewis joining is high motivation,” he added. They [Mercedes] have realised their weaknesses. I was impressed with his approach to things, very pragmatic, no emotions whatsoever,” continued 63-year-old. “The real discussion was ‘why should I leave a competitive car where my life is easy in the future?’ So my argument was if you’re looking for a new challenge then certainly the Mercedes team is one.
“And think of it the other way round, if Schumacher couldn’t get the Mercedes team running up front for three years and you next year are doing much better it makes a huge impact on your personality and people will rate you much higher.
“In the end it convinced him that the challenge is what he wants to do. For a competitive guy like Lewis, it’s very interesting. The most important thing now is that [team principal] Ross [Brawn] and his team realises all the things that are wrong on this car and make a better car next year – the chances are very good. A lot of changes have been done.
“If the car is competitive, and this is possible, then he will win races, there is no question about it. The Hamilton effect will push Rosberg to go quicker and Nico will push Hamilton to go quicker and this is all you need in a team.”