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.”
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto