Lauda dismisses claims of Merc rift

Date published: November 8 2015

Niki Lauda has rejected reports of a managerial rift at Mercedes, saying "everything is wonderful".

After Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's relationship appeared to turn frosty again following on and off track moments both in Texas and Mexico, there were reports that things were also not well in the boardroom.

Lauda is often interviewed after races, but the team's media manager reminded the press in Mexico that Wolff was their sole spokesperson and they should not speak with the triple World Champion.

The Daily Mail reported there was "friction between team principal Toto Wolff and chairman Niki Lauda" while others claimed the latter could be on his way out from Mercedes.

However, Lauda told Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine that he has no intension of leaving the double World Champions any time soon.

"There is absolutely nothing to discuss," he said. "I have a contract until 2017 – which I want to fulfil.  I do not know who is writing these stories, but the truth is… Toto and I are working together in harmony, everything is wonderful."