Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda is refusing to get complacent despite the German marque’s near-perfect start to the 2014 Formula 1 season.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have claimed all of the wins on offer at the beginning of the new season, with the result being a Mercedes one-two in all races but the opening round in Australia where Hamilton was forced to retire. This has given the team 154/172 possible points in 2014, but Lauda believes that total domination for entire season would not be good for the sport.
“We do not want to win all the races. Such records don’t do Formula 1 any good,” he explained to Blick newspaper.
“What we want is to build a solid base for the next few years.”
Lauda believes that the results are the just desserts for the team following a lot of time and effort being put into the new regulations, but the rest of the field will catch up soon.
“What we are experiencing currently is the harvest of many months of work,” he said. “Especially in the area of the turbo engine.
“Four wins in a row and strong drivers, this is a great performance, but we do not think the current situation is normal as our opponents will certainly be getting stronger.”
In China, the team was once again dominant, but Ferrari and Red Bull do appear to have cut the gap slightly to the front-runners. The real opportunity will come at the next race in Spain, where all of the teams will be introducing the first major upgrade packages for their cars.