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Lauda: Why do we need Flavio?

Thursday 31-July-2014 07:04

Formula 1 does not need Flavio Briatore to sort out its problems, it has Bernie Ecclestone; that is according to Niki Lauda.

Last week reports surfaced stating that former F1 team boss Briatore had been drafted in to help Formula 1 solve its problems in the face of dwindling viewer figures.

Lauda, however, says the Italian's input is not needed.

"Why do we need Flavio?" he told Autosport. "Bernie is the man in charge, and he should stay in charge.

"I think we should think together with Bernie, as he is the master of what we can improve."

The Mercedes non-executive chairman added that he felt F1 was already taking steps to increase the excitement.

"I have to say the change that we had with the stewards, to not get involved as much as before, was a great move," he said.

"Even the Sauber in the middle of the road [in Hockenheim] was exciting. If there was a Safety Car, everyone would have got bored.

"So Hockenheim was an improvement, and in Hungary there was no investigation as there were a lot of things that could have been looked at. It is going in the right direction."

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