Lauda plays down Vettel-to-Mercedes reports

Niki Lauda, Mercedes shareholder and chairman, played down suggestions his bid for Vettel is serious

May 8 (GMM) Niki Lauda has played down reports Mercedes is making a serious bid to secure the services of world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko revealed on Sunday that Lauda, Mercedes shareholder and chairman, "should absolutely be trying to get Vettel".

Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal with Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull Motorsport Consultant and Niki Lauda, Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman
Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal with Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull Motorsport Consultant and Niki Lauda, Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman

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Lauda replied to Bild am Sonntag newspaper: "I continued what (former motor sport director Norbert) Haug began."

But speaking to Austria's Osterreich newspaper, 64-year-old Lauda played down suggestions his bid for Vettel is serious.

"Forget it," the outspoken triple world champion insisted.

"We're not trying to get him, as he has signed a contract with Red Bull until forever."

Lauda said Mercedes is very happy with its current driver lineup, comprising Nico Rosberg alongside new signing Lewis Hamilton.

"With Hamilton and Rosberg we have the best pairing (in F1)," he insisted.

"The two push each other forward positively, and the driver change has motivated the whole team."

Lauda also confirmed reports that Mercedes has engaged former BMW and Renault racer Robert Kubica as a driver for the team's sophisticated simulator at Brackley.

"He brings a lot of experience," said Lauda, referring to the Pole, who is bidding to return to F1 in the future following his near-fatal rally crash in 2011.

"Due to the limited testing, the simulators are becoming very important."

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