F1: Niki Lauda ‘not worried’ Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes


Through all the adversity in his life, former Formula One champion Niki Lauda has learned to become a more patient person and one who doesn’t typically sweat the small stuff.

Well, re-signing reigning F1 champ Lewis Hamilton to remain with the AMG Mercedes team would seem to be a lot bigger than just small stuff.

But Lauda, who played a pivotal role in luring Hamilton away from McLaren after the 2012 season, doesn’t think the young Brit, who turned 30 this week, will be going anywhere any time soon.

“I’m not worried,” Lauda told the SID news agency, per PaddockTalk.com. “Both sides want to renew, so it will happen.”

However, rumors continue to abound that Fernando Alonso may be in line to replace Hamilton if the latter does not re-sign with AMG Mercedes.

Those rumors picked up even more steam when Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff said last week that Alonso was on his short list to be plucked away from McLaren-Honda if Hamilton does not re-sign before the end of the 2015 season.

Even though one full season remains on Hamilton’s current three-year deal with AMG Mercedes, a new contract will come in due time, Lauda said confidently.

“We are in no hurry,” he said.

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