Vital F1 | Lauda backing for Hamilton
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Lauda backing for Hamilton

2008 Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has received the backing of three-time former champion Niki Lauda.

Hamilton was under scrutiny from the worlds media for failing to comply with team-orders during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

During a frantic race weekend which had seen Hamilton forced to start the the race from the pit-lane after a fire in qualifying, Rosberg had then lost his dominant position in the race due to a safety car.

The Caterham of Marcus Ericsson had suffered a heavy crash on lap eight which brought out the safety car.

At this point of the race Rosberg had been 10 seconds clear in the lead of the race.

But it wasn't just time on track that cost Rosberg, due to the timing that the safety car was deployed Rosberg missed out on the best chance of making his first pit-stop to ditch the wet intermediate tyres for dry slicks.

The rest of the field were able to pull into the pit-lane immediately and by the time Rosberg had pitted he had slipped down to fourth with Daniel Ricciardo leading.

Once Rosberg had then lost track time due to being stuck behind the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne, Mercedes opted to pit Rosberg and put him on the faster softer Pirelli tyre.

On lap 46 of 70 Rosberg caught up to the back of team-mate Hamilton.

The Mercedes duo were on different tyre strategies with Hamilton attempting to race Ricciardo and Alonso until the end of the Grand Prix on the same set of tyres, whilst Rosberg was set to pit again.

With Rosberg 1 second behind Hamilton at the start of lap 47, the Brit was informed to not hold up his faster team-mate.

One lap later and Hamilton was querying whether or not his old tyres would make it until the end of the race and posing the question whether or not he would have to pit again, this was immediately dismissed by his team.

On the start of lap 51 with Rosberg unable to close the gap to within a second and Hamilton closing the gap to Alonso, Rosberg asked 'why is he not letting me though?'

At this point Mercedes told Hamilton 'to let Nico past on the main start finish straight' with Hamilton responding with 'I'm not slowing down for Nico, get closer and he can over-take.'

A frustrated Rosberg again asked 'why is he not letting me through!' with his engineer just reply with 'he's had the message'.

With Rosberg unable to catch Hamilton let alone get close to enable Hamilton to let him through Rosberg pitted on lap 57.

The decision left Rosberg confused.

'The team informed that he was going to let me through but I don't know what happened. We need to discuss internally. But I am still in the lead of the World Championship and I'll come back from the summer break on full attack mode,' Rosberg told Sky Sports.

But if he thought he would receiving the backing of the team the German was wrong.

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda told Autosport Magazine: 'I have to defend the team, The team was under enormous stress because the race was a very difficult one, there is no question.

'If he [Nico] had been in the DRS position, he would have let him by. But Nico never got that close.

'Therefore I do understand that Lewis said 'Why? Why should I stop now in the middle of the circuit to let my team colleague by?' He is fighting for the championship.

'So from my point of view Lewis was right. And why the call came, this happened out of the panic and we had to make up for what we were losing.'

Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 28 2014

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

It was a disgraceful request, the sort of thing that is putting me off F1 and all the politics that goes with it. Good for Lewis I say!
The Fear
It was a naive request, someone crunching the numbers thought that Rosberg had the better chance of winning the race, failing to look at the bigger picture of the season and support both drivers.

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

Who will win in Australia 2018? (Tuesday March 20 2018)

Brawn wants F1 league table for tracks (Friday February 23 2018)

Mercedes uncertain on who will be a threat (Thursday February 22 2018)

Verstappen dreading Halo introduction (Wednesday February 21 2018)

Haas want to close the gap to Ferrari (Tuesday February 20 2018)

Williams defend inexperienced line-up (Monday February 19 2018)

Renault still looking to change the rules (Thursday February 15 2018)

London double-decker bus could sit on Halo (Wednesday February 14 2018)

Could Hamilton return to McLaren? (Tuesday February 13 2018)

Massa gave no guidance to Stroll (Tuesday February 13 2018)

Wehrlein returns to DTM (Monday February 12 2018)

Grid Girls to be replaced by Grid Kids (Monday February 12 2018)

Former champ calls for 26 car grids (Friday February 9 2018)

Alonso to compete at Le Mans (Tuesday February 6 2018)

Force India & Sauber withdraw EU complaint (Wednesday January 31 2018)

F1 set to jump on Verstappen bandwagon (Tuesday January 30 2018)

Lauda takes dig at Red Bull (Friday January 26 2018)

Cosworth keen on F1 return (Thursday January 25 2018)

Former champs back Hamilton (Wednesday January 24 2018)

All you need to know for F1 in 2018 (Tuesday January 23 2018)

Full Formula One line-up for 2018 set (Monday January 22 2018)

Could Red Bull be favourites for 2018? (Wednesday January 17 2018)

Force India sign F2 race winner (Friday January 12 2018)

Massa backing Williams in 2018 (Thursday January 11 2018)

F1 regulations unreasonable says Honda (Wednesday January 10 2018)

Pirelli receive Red Bull backing (Tuesday January 9 2018)

Aston Martin in demand (Monday January 8 2018)

Haas positive 2018 car will be better (Thursday January 4 2018)

Wehrlein set to bid goodbye to F1 (Wednesday January 3 2018)

Hamilton critical of French GP return (Tuesday January 2 2018)

Liberty get backing from Horner (Saturday December 30 2017)

F1 attendance figures on the rise (Wednesday December 27 2017)

Tost concentraing in Honda positives (Wednesday December 27 2017)

Merry Christmas from VitalF1 (Monday December 25 2017)

Todt to enjoy 12 years as FIA president (Sunday December 24 2017)

What's in a number? (Wednesday December 20 2017)

Grid penalty change for 2018 (Tuesday December 19 2017)

Hamilton and Vettel clash (Monday December 18 2017)

Ocon eyes Mercedes seat for 2019 (Friday December 15 2017)

Alonso targets race wins in 2018 (Thursday December 14 2017)

Hamilton and Alonso praise Pirelli (Monday December 11 2017)

All female racing series to support F1? (Wednesday December 6 2017)

Alfa Romeo name returns to F1 (Monday December 4 2017)

Hamilton poor form down to partying (Thursday November 30 2017)

More change in F1, but this one is positive (Wednesday November 29 2017)

Liberty Media alienating F1 fans? (Tuesday November 28 2017)

Blog: Abu Dhabi GP Report (Monday November 27 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - Race (Sunday November 26 2017)

Blog: Abu Dhabi Qualifying (Saturday November 25 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 25 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - FP3 (Saturday November 25 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - FP2 (Friday November 24 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - FP1 (Friday November 24 2017)

Expanded calendar for Formula 2 and GP3 (Friday November 24 2017)

Formula One going soft (Thursday November 23 2017)

Blog: Abu Dhabi Preview (Thursday November 23 2017)

Force India name change hits the buffers (Wednesday November 22 2017)

Who will win in Abu Dhabi? (Monday November 20 2017)

Blog: Brazilian GP Report (Tuesday November 14 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - Race (Monday November 13 2017)

Blog: Interlagos Qualifying (Sunday November 12 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 11 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - FP3 (Saturday November 11 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - FP2 (Friday November 10 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - FP1 (Friday November 10 2017)

Blog: Interlagos Preview (Thursday November 9 2017)

Massa announces second retirement (Wednesday November 8 2017)

Hamilton only has eyes for Formula One (Tuesday November 7 2017)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. DJ 1213
2. Red5 1130
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 601
6. Druss_the_Legend 596
7. Push The Button 518
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 221
10. VanGisbergen2013 183

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who is going to win in Australia?
Hamilton 41%
Bottas 0%
Vettel 27%
Raikkonen 11%
Verstappen 16%
Ricciardo 5%
Someone else 0%