Lewis Hamilton was extremely angry after losing pole position to Nico Rosberg at Baku that he “destroyed” his private room at the Mercedes hospitality, former F1 triple time world champion and team non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has revealed.
Lauda, who was joined in the studio by Red Bull F1 Consultant Helmet, confirmed that speculation Hamilton had been left in a rage following his qualifying error in Baku was correct.
“He did it because he had crashed. He’ll have to pay for that [the destroyed room]. You can count on that. Lauda said
“He told me I couldn’t come in because he was going to destroy everything. This is how it was.”
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday ahead of the Austrian GP, Hamilton had claimed that things with Rosberg were better than they had ever been.
“It’s actually really good with Nico at the moment,’ said Hamilton. “Really, really good. Surprisingly.
“I would definitely not have expected it to be where it is. I guess it is probably with age.
“He’s a family man. He’s got a kid. He has probably grown in that process and I have grown and come of age. The respect that we have always talked about is bigger than it has ever been.”
According to Lauda, Hamilton subsequently made the claim that the relationship with Rosberg was “really, really good” in a bid to end the questions and also appear to be the ‘peace maker’ within the team.
“Lewis lied about that, simple as that,” explained Lauda. “He just said something. He wanted to be the softener in order to have his peace last weekend.
“He does what he can. The fight gets hotter the longer Nico is in front.”