Chinese GP

Lauda: ‘everyone drives selfish’, Hamilton did nothing wrong

Mercedes non-executive Chairman Niki Lauda says he expects his drivers to be selfish during races and believes Lewis Hamilton did nothing wrong at the Chinese GP.

During the post race press conference, Rosberg claims that, the second half of the race Hamilton was going unnecessarily slowly in front of him in order to back him into Sebastian Vettel behind, giving the Ferrari driver a chance to pass him at the pit stops.

“Sure, everyone drives selfish,” he said.

“What do you think these guys are here to do? I call them egocentric bastards. That is the only way to win and the only way to win the championship, they are all the same.

“Nico is the same as Lewis and Lewis is the same to Nico if the shit hits the fan. I fully agree that’s the way it is and therefore we race.”

Lauda said he felt Rosberg was trying to find a way to beat Hamilton but eventually came up short.

“I think Nico tried hard all the way and you could see that in the lap times. He had Vettel in his back, which was a worry at some stage and he tried hard to catch up with Lewis and beat him, but in the end it did not work out.

“Lewis was better this weekend. On this weekend, he was better and last year Lewis won the championship. There have been races where Nico won, so you have to be fair.”

But, former triple time world champion does not see the fight increasing into a bigger problem for the team ahead of the next race in Bahrain.

“No, it’s always the same. They fight each other, which is normal. There is no friendship out there. When you race you have to fight and when you are upset you make statements, but in the end they will all cool down and go to Bahrain and start all over again with the same fight.”


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