Mercedes walk-back Lauda’s comments; Lewis didn’t ‘lie’

I didn’t think Mercedes were going to like the commentary that came yesterday regarding Niki Lauda on Lewis Hamilton’s actions.

Lauda had told Servus TV that Lewis lied about how good his relationship with Nico is and also destroyed his driver room in the Mercedes motorhome. Now Mercedes has walked that back on behalf of Lauda saying:

“Lewis Hamilton did not in any way damage a hotel room or his private driver room at the circuit during the race weekend in Baku; and

“Lewis Hamilton did not lie about his relationship with team-mate Nico Rosberg.

“Niki regrets any misunderstanding caused by comments that have been blown wildly out of proportion compared with the casual context in which they were made.”

So Lewis didn’t lie or do anything to his room but this release seems to blame overblown commentary in a casual context. I said yesterday, no surprise, that Mercedes and Toto Wolff would not be happy with Niki’s comments. Niki can be rather blunt in his commentary and that doesn’t actually fit the Mercedes milieu very well so walking back his commentary on Lewis isn’t surprising.


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I don’t know, its not a far reach in my mind to believe that Lewis acted like a spoiled brat.


I can understand Mercedes leadership not being happy about Niki’s comments…

However, he didn’t beat around the bush. There was no misinterpreting the words that he said – it was pretty hard to take that statement as meaning anything else, and as such I take the statement from Mercedes to be a confirmation of what happened despite the words that they used in it….

jiji the cat

It’s total bullshit.


Rare photo of Toto demanding Niki repeat what he will now say was actually said, and everyone misinterpreted.


I do not care if Lewis did the room destruction or not. Some people in various industries have many ways of handling their pressure – if he paid for it, and no one was hurt ok.

What mattered to me was we finding out about it from a team executive. That should never, ever happen. There is nothing positive that can be gained – unless that team is trying to position itself for something else.