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Lauda: Pussycat Doll is Hamilton's only charisma

Formula 1 drivers today have no personalities and the only charisma surrounding current world champion Lewis Hamilton is that of his Pussycat Doll pop star girlfriend – that is the outspoken view of 25-time grand prix-winner Niki Lauda.

The triple title-winner – who famously came back from cheating death in a fireball at the Nürburgring in 1976 to clinch his third crown in 1984, seven years on from his previous one – argues that the safety of the sport these days and its PC nature has turned the drivers into faceless robots who lack the passion and character of those from his era.

“When I was racing, everyone was ready to drive over someone else to win,” the Austrian told British newspaper the Daily Mirror. “Back then, death was always an option.

“Today's drivers have no idea. Now they drive go-karts until 18 and start an F1 career. They never have a chance to develop a personality.”

The 59-year-old was particularly scathing about the sport's newest and youngest-ever world champion, quipping: “The only kind of charisma someone like Lewis Hamilton has is his girl Nicole Scherzinger.”


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xeo - Unregistered

February 20, 2009 5:55 PM

Lauda is RIGHT. These days F1 has to many young guns that have been programmed to perform in every sense. Its boring, & lewis is a fine example, BORING. MS became BORIING because watching the guy win over & over is BORING. Crap personalitys do not help. I just wish Button could kick his ass, maybe he might say something interesting then. Yeah Lauda was not the most exciting guy, but his era definatly was!!!

Buck Bundy - Unregistered

February 20, 2009 6:33 PM

Lauda is hardly one to talk, but he has a point. Todays drivers are, on the whole, a dull lot, and Lewis Hamilton is a perfect example. He gets hassle from the press and he tows the McLaren corporate line instead of telling them where to go. Bring back Eddie Irvine I say! Buck



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