Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda claims that Lewis Hamilton trashed his dressing room following qualifying for the European Grand Prix in Baku last month, and has lied about his relationship with teammate Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton said in an interview last month that his relationship with Rosberg was “really good at the moment” after they chatted in Monaco and defused much of the underlying tension between them.
However, their rivalry flared up once again in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix when they collided on the final lap of the race.
Rosberg was deemed to have caused the collision, leading Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff to suggest that team orders may need to be used in the future.
Hamilton went on to win the race and cut Rosberg’s championship lead to just 11 points, but Lauda claims that the tension between Mercedes’ drivers still burns away.
“Lewis lied about this, simple as that,” Lauda said on Servus TV last week.
“He just said something. He wanted to be the softener in order to have his peace last weekend.
“You can rely upon it, he is not a peace maker.
“The fight gets hotter the longer Nico is in front.”
Lauda also claimed that Hamilton trashed his private dressing room in Mercedes’ hospitality unit in Baku after crashing out of qualifying, while Rosberg claimed pole.
“He did it because he had crashed,” Lauda said.
“He told me I couldn’t come in because he was going to destroy everything. This is how it was.
“He’ll have to pay for that [damage]. You can count on it.”