Danner urges Lauda to fire Mercedes technical staff
9 October, 2012
Oct.9 (GMM) Ex-F1 driver turned pundit, Christian Danner, has called on Niki Lauda to fire Mercedes staff responsible for producing such a below par race car for Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg to compete with this year.
Lauda, Austria’s triple F1 world champion, has been signed on as Mercedes’ non-executive chairman – effectively a decision-making link between the German marque’s Stuttgart headquarters and the racing team in the UK.
So far, he has negotiated Mercedes’ new Concorde Agreement deal and lured Lewis Hamilton onto the team for 2013.
RTL commentator Danner, a former driver, now wants Lauda to axe staff.
“The people who built this car should really all be fired,” he told Bild newspaper.
“It can’t be that you drive all around the world for nine months only to find that your car is as fast as a Toro Rosso,” added Danner.
Danner said it is now up to Lauda to put things right.
“He is responsible to make the next decisions. And those decisions will primarily be about the personnel.”
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