Lauda: "Signing Vettel from Ferrari not our plan"

Published on 20 Mar 2017 13:28

Niki Lauda is heading to Australia denying rumours Mercedes is lining up a tilt to sign Sebastian Vettel. The German team does not deny that Nico Rosberg's successor, Valtteri Bottas, was given a mere one-year deal so that a bigger name might be signed up for 2018.

But F1 legend Lauda denies the big plan is to lure German Vettel from Ferrari. "That is not our plan -- I must say that quite clearly," the triple world champion and Mercedes team chairman told the Austrian broadcaster ORF.

However, he doesn't deny that Mercedes is keeping its options open. "We're going to start with Bottas and (Lewis) Hamilton and see how it goes," said Lauda. (GMM)

Replies (3)
NL mclarenfan1968 20 Mar 2017 15:320
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The pathogen called Bernie is gone, now we have a lunatic escapee called Lauda and his sidekick troll Wolff to provide entertainment. While they remain passive dummy spitter makes up for that 10 fold. Fun times!
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It's somewhat arrogant of Lauda; It's possible that the Ferrari is the best car this year, so would Vettel even be interested in going to Mercedes?
NL Black Book 20 Mar 2017 16:510
Posts: 1367
If Ferrari has the best car, I guess Vettel wants and will stay there ;-)

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