(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)
Mercedes AMG F1 Team's non executive chairman Niki Lauda has admitted that his team are concerned by strong race pace shown by the Williams Martini Racing Team at last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring which saw the Grove based outfit become the first team to beat the Mercedes 'works' team to pole position this season.
Lauda believes that Williams performance at the weekend shows that Mercedes advantage over their rivals in shrinking. In an interview with crash.net the Austrian said:
'The alarm bells are ringing that the competition is coming closer, If the alarm bell rings in time then you can do something. If you sit back - which we don't try to do - you miss out. So what we are going to do is keep on developing the car.
Lauda went on to warn Lewis Hamilton, saying the 2008 world champion will be a serious disadvantage in the Driver's championship if he fails to achieve a strong result at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. Hamilton heads to his home Grand Prix 29 point's behind Rosberg despite having four victories to his name compared with Rosberg who has taken three victories.
On the subject of motivation Lauda believes that Hamilton will be more motivated heading to Silverstone.
© Ben Johnston 2014