Lauda: Hamilton's drive in Hungary was the best I've ever seen in my life

Lewis Hamilton with Niki Lauda

Lewis Hamilton with Niki Lauda

Hungarian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton has warmly welcomed the compliment made by former triple world champion and current Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda after the race in Budapest.

Having won his first race for Mercedes from pole since switching from McLaren, Hamilton’s drive was lauded by Lauda as “the best I’ve ever seen in my life”.

“We were not as quick as the Red Bull but Lewis really made it all up, especially the way he passed people. He was outstanding,” said the Formula 1 legend.

But two years ago, before Lauda decided to head-hunt the 28-year-old Briton from McLaren to replace Michael Schumacher, the outspoken Austrian had a vastly different opinion.

Lewis Hamilton during the Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton during the Hungarian GP

After one particularly incident-marred race in 2011, Lauda said of Hamilton: “You cannot drive like this – it will result in someone getting killed.”

So it’s for this reason that Hamilton so happily accepts Lauda’s Budapest praise.

“Coming from Niki Lauda, it’s a great compliment. I’m very happy [that] he’s said something like that,” Hamilton is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace.

“It’s crazy, because when I was at McLaren, he didn’t know me and he had a very different opinion. Now [that] we spend a lot of time together and his opinion has changed a lot,” the Briton added. (GMM)

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