With Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton’s relationship continuing to degenerate as they fight for the World Championship, Niki Lauda will seek to have the duo back on civil terms by the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks.
“Before we go to Canada, this will be solved,” Lauda, Merc’s non-executive chairman and three-time World Champion, said to Britain’s Press Association.
“I will speak to them like I always do. They always call me when they have problems, so I think it will sort itself out.
“They’re not children. They’re grown-up professionals who have their difficulties, but I will help them to overcome them in a nice way and they will understand.”
Lauda is certainly no stranger to tense situations in the paddock, but in his mind, there is a need for some boundaries in Rosberg and Hamilton’s battle.
“It’s normal,” the Austrian said. “I had the same with [Alain] Prost. I hated the guy, but at least I said ‘Hello’ in the morning.
“There are certain limits – and these certain limits I can re-introduce because I speak their language, the drivers’ language – and they do understand me, they like me, and there is no issue.”
Rosberg successfully held off Hamilton last Sunday to win his second straight Monaco Grand Prix, snapping an impressive four-race winning streak by the British driver.
Hamilton seemed agitated at several points of the weekend, including qualifying, where Rosberg had an off at the Mirabeau corner that triggered the yellow flag – and kept an angry Hamilton from having one last shot at pole position.
An investigation of the incident led to no action being taken against Rosberg, who went on to win the Grand Prix from pole. On the podium, the two Merc drivers did not speak to each other.
With this in mind, Lauda, while understanding Hamilton’s frustration at finishing second, said that he didn’t appreciate him failing to at least acknowledge his German rival as the winner.
“What I did not like, and I will tell him this, is when you are up there and you don’t say ‘hello’ to your team-mate,” Lauda said. “This is not good.”