Niki Lauda: It’s not Mercedes’ job to make F1 entertaining

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Niki Lauda dismissed suggestions Mercedes’ dominance is making Formula One boring, saying the team is focused on “winning every bloody race” rather than the overall spectacle.

Lewis Hamilton led a comfortable Mercedes one-two in Canada, with the nearest challenger the Williams of Valtteri Bottas 40 seconds down the road. Mercedes has won 22 of the 26 races since the start of the V6 turbo era and looksincreasingly unlikely to be challenged on outright pace this year despite the regulation loophole allowing in-season engine development.

When asked if the drab Canadian Grand Prix was a good day for Mercedes but a bad day for F1, Lauda, the team’s non-executive chairman, cut the question short and said: “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 bloody race, that’s what I’m here for and the rest I don’t know.”

The future of the sport remains unclear, with the proposed return to refuelling appearing to be dead in the water following “100% negative” feedback from those within F1. Improving the spectacle is high on the agenda, with Mercedes’ rivals pushing for the engine homologation rules to be opened up to make the field more competitive next season.

When it was suggested Mercedes should take the lead on changing F1, Lauda replied: “We do take a lead for the sport, we win the races for you. Look at the Canadians – 12% 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!'”


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