Lauda: Not up to Merc to spice things up

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Niki Lauda insists it is not Mercedes' responsibility to take the lead to make F1 more exciting, adding they are out to "win every b****y race".

Mercedes look set for another clean sweep in both the Drivers' and Constructors' Championship this year as they already have six victories, including four one-two finishes, to their name after seven races.

The sport has also copped a lot of flak in recent months as many fans believe it is no longer exciting to watch and Merc's dominance has not helped, but Lauda, the team's non-executive chairman, says he can only look after the best interest of his squad.

"Guys, I'm not here in charge of your politics. I can only run, with Toto [Wolff] together, the team in the best possible professional way. Win every b****y race, that's what I'm here for and the rest I don't know."

Asked if Merc should do more to help change the sport, he replied: "We do take a lead for the sport, we win the races for you.

"Look at the Canadians – 12 percent more people here for this so-called boring sport, you are trying to tell me, with no noise. Only Canadians are crazy here. I just said to Austrian TV 'you crazy Austrians, think like the Canadians and all come to Spielberg!'"