Niki Lauda Anticipates a “Restart” Amid F1 Upgrades

F1 legend and non-executive chairman of Mercedes Niki Lauda believes that the F1 2017 season is primed for a “restart” with the incoming Spanish GP upgrades.

F1 upgrades are a bit like Christmas when one stops to think about it. If this particular version of Christmas was less about celebrating family and harmony and more about blasting your rivals into oblivion out on the track at breakneck speeds. Lauda spoke about what he anticipates seeing at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix,

“It’s very simple, everyone will come with upgrades. The season will start new and whoever has the better upgrades, we don’t know yet. But we will see in Barcelona, in practice and then in the race.” – Niki Lauda

SOCHI, RUSSIA - APRIL 30: Valterri Bottas of Mercedes and Finland  and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain  during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia on April 30, 2017 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA – APRIL 30: Valterri Bottas of Mercedes and Finland and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia on April 30, 2017 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

Famously a man of few words and straight-to-the-point, Lauda also spoke on Valtteri Bottas – another man of few words. Lauda has praised the Silver Arrows newcomer for his first win, citing that he is a good replacement for Nico, but still has a lot of work ahead of him to prove what he’s made of:

“Bottas was quicker [in Russia] because he won the race but Lewis is an outstanding talent, a world champion. Bottas beat him but perhaps the next three times maybe Lewis will do that.

Nobody knows. This is one race, he has won his first race and now we have to wait and see. You cannot force this kind of thing.

You cannot say this but he is certainly a very good replacement for Nico, I have to say, because twice pole position and to win the fourth race is not a bad performance for us.” – Niki Lauda

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Although Lauda is certainly right about Bottas having a lot more to prove before we start parading him around as the next Mercedes teammate to topple Hamilton, the incoming upgrades could shake up much more than his capability to win a race as the B-spec cars roll out of the garages up and down the grid.

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