Hamilton will be better next year, warns Lauda

Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:06am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Niki Lauda expects Lewis Hamilton to be even better next season now that the Briton has secured his third Formula One world title.

The Austrian, a triple champion himself who is now non-executive chairman of Hamilton's Mercedes team, told Reuters that he could see the 30-year-old adding to his tally in years to come.

"Yes, for sure. If he goes quicker every year, like he did this year, he will continue like this," said Lauda.

"He’s better (than last year). If you’re not better all the time, you don’t win world championships," added the man who in 2012 persuaded Hamilton to leave McLaren and join Mercedes with the promise of success.

"It's very simple. He was better this year and he will be better next year."

Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff said it was up to the team to keep providing Hamilton with a car as dominant as the one he has enjoyed in the past two years.

"I think he is capable of winning more if we are able to build a car that is going fast, and I have no doubt in our organization, and there are many more trophies to come," said Wolff.

Hamilton, who has always spoken of his desire to match the three titles of the late Brazilian Ayrton Senna, said he would not want for further drive now he had achieved that boyhood dream.   Continued...

At the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 23, 2014. 
REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed