Former Formula 1 World Champion and Mercedes team chairman, Niki Lauda, is the latest to reveal leaving the sport is a possibility. Last month Ferrari and Mercedes both hinted at possible exits and when asked if he could could imagine quitting, Lauda said: “Yes, logically. My Mercedes contract runs until 2020, which I will fulfil. Then I’ll have a look." - F1 Fansite

Jenson Button has stated that his “love for racing is back” after a year away. It was recently revealed that the Button would be involved in Japan’s Super GT next year and the 2009 World Champion said: “This year off from Formula 1 has been the best thing I possibly could have done. F1, my time was done there, but for racing itself my love is well and truly back. I’m very excited." - Planet F1

Sean Bratches, F1’s commercial boss, has claimed that he isn’t surprised by the recent criticism of the new logo, saying: “I didn’t think we would sneak away unscathed.” With both fans and drivers voicing their opinions on the new design, Bratches said “From my eye, it seemed to be dated, it seemed to not reflect where the sport could go." - Planet F1

Marcus Ericsson has revealed he had "a few nervous weeks” before re-signing with Sauber for next season. The Swedish driver said: “I had a few nervous weeks but of course it’s nice that everything is ready now, especially with Alfa Romeo as a major sponsor and partner." - Sportsmole


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I never thought Lauda was ever in love with F1, just in love with making money.... I suspect if the biggest check came from wearing a pink tutu and dancing in a subway station that he woudl be doing it, so whether he remains is probably more of a matter of how much a team is willing to pay him. 

Niki comes from a wealthy industrialist family and has never had to worry about money. He has founded and sold two airlines since he retired. 

i don't even know what he actually does? Anybody??

 Non-Executive Chairman of the Formula 1 works team.

Lauda, Toto and James Allison (Was Paddy Lowe).

Allison looks after the technical side and overall race weekend stuff, strategy etc etc.

Toto looks after the interests of the Mercedes brand, sponsorship, HR, PR etc.

Lauda is the clout in the paddock, he's your special advisor, helps you get through to the right people, negotiation, "Contacts" etc.   He also acts as an advisor to both drivers.