Lauda: We will not interfere in battle between Nico and Lewis

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg an uneasy harmony as they battle for the title

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg an uneasy harmony as they battle for the title

Mercedes F1 boss Niki Lauda insists that the team’s two drivers will continue to enjoy a free run, devoid of team orders, as they battle for the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship title.

Amid Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s ever-intensifying clash for the world championship, boss Toto Wolff warned recently that “transparency” within the Brackley based team was beginning to suffer.

“It’s getting very competitive,” he said. “Transparency is suffering a little bit and we need to make sure that this is not detrimental to the team.”

Some interpreted that as a hint that an easing of the rivalry, for example through the imposition of team orders, might soon be put into place.

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Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg

But Team Chairman Lauda is adamant: “The fight was always free between the both of them and it will stay like that. I’ve been asked this question 40,000 times. and nothing has changed. If we were to interfere, we could have done it from the beginning of the championship. But we did not.”

In the Hamilton versus Rosberg battle, the momentum had swung back in favour of the German driver, but Briton Hamilton closed the gap to a mere 4 points with a home victory at Silverstone.

“We are back to where we were after Monaco,” said Lauda. “The fight will continue at full steam. We now go to Hockenheim, it may not be good for my heart, but it’s fun,” he laughed. (GMM)