F1 » Lauda: Hulkenberg needs another year

Niki Lauda speculates on Ferrari's 2014 line-up, and who he'd pick, as he writes off Fernando Alonso's 2013 title chances.

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August 29, 2013 1:08 PM

As mush as i admire and have respect for Lauda and most of the old school in F1 it saddens me that they don't give the younger talent a try, where would we have been if Ron Dennis did not put a young talent in a Mclaren in 2007 or if Christian Horner had gone for a more experience driver to replace DC instead of picking Vettel from their youth programme. Hulks is a obvious talent and could help Ferrari gain a WCC title which the Massa/Alonso partnership has failed to do.

Come on guys give youth a chance, and less of the conservativeness.


August 29, 2013 2:40 PM

Lauda must be back on the sauce. More incoherent, counterproductive, and contradictory jibber-jabber coming from him. How did this guy become the mouthpiece for Mercedes? I guess he is the one who leveraged Lulu into the 2nd cockpit. Most of the things he says are nonsense. Why is Ferdis chance over with? Surely Lulus is too then judging by his "criteria." But you hear none of that. Remember last year all his late season predictions that all fell apart?
Bernie needs to wrap his arm around him and take a long walk and straighten Lauda out.


August 29, 2013 3:34 PM

So far this week Niki has advised Red Bull, Lotus, Ferrari, Alonso and Kimi. I'm thinking that he'd be better off saving his wisdom for the day that his own house of cards falls down, because with the amount of chiefs at Mercedes and the ego known as Lulu on board it's guaranteed to happen sooner or later. I'd imagine the only thing that's holding it together so far is the steadying hand of Ross Brawn.

I've always admired Niki as a driver, he was one of the best but when he talks it's generally designed only to wind someone up.


August 29, 2013 5:47 PM

17 Sept 2012 - "The race for this year's F1 world championship crown is as good as over, according to three-time title-winner Niki Lauda, who has advised those chasing Fernando Alonso to temper their expectations."

29 Aug 2013 - "Vettel is no longer fighting anyone,” he insisted, “By Abu Dhabi, he will be world champion.

Doesn't look good for Vettel any more....

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