Lauda backs Rosberg to bounce back

Thursday 1st May 2014

 RSS

Share:

Lauda backs Rosberg to bounce back

Lauda backs Rosberg to bounce back

Niki Lauda has backed Nico Rosberg to get back on level terms with Lewis Hamilton after coming second in recent races.

Although Rosberg won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and holds a four-point lead over Hamilton in the standings, it is the Brit who has the advantage out on track.

Winning the last three grands prix while Rosberg could only manage second behind his team-mate, Hamilton is being backed as this year's title favourite.

Lauda, however, reckons Rosberg has what it takes to fight back.

"Yes he will," he said when asked by Autosport if Rosberg can recover. "And I think he will because racing drivers have this [mentality].

"If they are blown off, like he was [in China], he will get himself new strategies worked out to not let these things happen again."

The Austrian, who fills the role of non-executive director at Mercedes, concedes it won't be easy as Hamilton is showing "outstanding" form.

He added: "I have to say that the way Lewis is driving, from the first race until now, for me is outstanding. The guy makes no mistakes.

"He is absolutely on top of everything.

"He understands the car, which is more complicated than in the past.

"He understands the tyres, and drives at the absolute perfect way on the edge.

"He does not do any mistakes, and I have to say he is on a high like I have never seen before. Outstanding!"

Turn Up The Lights, It's Race Day

Editor's Picks

10 Reasons For Three-Car Teams

10 Reasons For Three-Car Teams

What's not to like about three-car teams? Bernie's suggestion has been dismissed by the purists, but it would tighten up the racing...

Winners & Losers: Singapore

Winners & Losers: Singapore

Lewis may have beaten Nico by 33 centimetres on Saturday, but on Sunday he finished 47 laps down the road...

Getting To Know Marchionne

Getting To Know Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?