Toto Wolff apologizes for Lauda’s attack on Ferrari
A few weeks ago, during the Barcelona weekend, Niki Lauda announced in an interview with Sky Germany that Mercedes’ ideal weekend is one where they’re so dominant that they can concentrate on their own race without having to spare a thought on any potential opponents, but earlier this week he demonstrated that he doesn’t like being criticised when they succeed in that regard.
Mercedes have come under pressure in German media for the way they make F1 races a foregone conclusion, something that national hero Michael Schumacher also had to endure at the height of his dominance in the early noughts.
“I can’t be bothered about these dumb-arse discussions anymore,” Lauda swore in an Interview for German tabloid Bild on Tuesday. “They should stop arguing and make their cars faster. Is it Mercedes’ fault that they’re only throwing Spaghetti at each other over at Ferrari and can’t put a proper car on the road?”
The reaction was prompt and foreseeable. The German and Italian media have universally condemned Lauda’s verbal misstep, reminding the Austrian that it is his team who blocks any attempts at letting other engine manufacturers catch up by relaxing the limitations on development. His attack on their main rival was brandished as arrogant and unworthy.
“We don’t want to insult anyone,” Toto Wolff back-pedals publicly after Lauda’s rhetoric snafu. “We respect Ferrari a lot and hope for a good rivalry on track.”
Former Ferrari TP calls for Räikkönen to be sacked
Former Ferrari team principal Cesare Fiorio and former Minardi boss Giancarlo Minardi have told Italian media that Kimi Räikkönen has overstayed his welcome at Ferrari.
“Two years ago I questioned his age and his life-style, and my worries have been proven true.” Fiorio told Gazetto dello Sport.
“Kimi is no longer able to deliver what Ferrari needs. He should be replaced with a younger driver,” Minardi agrees.
While names like Valtteri Bottas, Nico Hülkenberg, Max verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are bandied about in connection with the second Ferrari seat, Giancarlo Minardi would prefer if the honour would be bestowed upon one of the Italian Ferrari juniors Raffaele Marciello or Antonio Fuoco. Italy has been without a presence on the grid since Jarno Trulli was ousted by Caterham.
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