Niki Lauda is now taking back some salacious stories he’s been spreading about Lewis Hamilton’s issues with Nico Rosberg
The Mercedes non-executive chairman recently made Lewis Hamilton look pretty bad. He accused the Briton of being a liar when he said he had patched things up with rival Rosberg. He then built on the story by alleging that Hamilton had lain waste to his own driver room in Baku in the wake of a crash in the qualifying round. If he was angling for some attention, it seems that he has drunk his fill. He’s now come out to say that his controversial statements were “blown wildly out of proportion.”
“Following his appearance on a television show on Servus TV recorded prior to last weekend’s Austrian GP, Niki Lauda would like to set the record straight and state the following:
“Lewis Hamilton did not in any way damage his hotel room or his private driver room at the circuit during the race weekend in Baku; and
“Lewis Hamilton did not lie about his relationship with Nico Rosberg.
“Niki regrets any misunderstanding caused by comments that have been blown wildly out of proportion compared with the casual context in which they were made.”
The fact of the matter is that we’re at a loss to explain how anyone could misconstrue outright accusations in any way. Even implying any of those things about Hamilton would have caused a furor and he just straight up said it all, on television no less. We don’t know how he could have mistaken a television interview on one of the biggest controversies of the past two weeks as offhand living room chatter. We can only guess that he wanted some of the spotlight shining on his two warring drivers and couldn’t handle the heat when he got it.