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Lauda Has No Interest In Own F1 Team

Niki Lauda has said he would have no interest in setting up his own F1 team, and that he is rather sceptical of new entries to the sport in the current climate.

The Austrian said that he enjoyed running his airline, and working with RTL television Germany.

Despite retirement from driving in the 1980’s, the triple world champion has worked as a consultant to Scuderia Ferrari and also as the team boss of Jaguar.  The latter, a team to which he ended up getting behind the wheel of the car to better understand what the drivers were feeling in the cockpit.

“I have absolutely no interest (in that).” Lauda told Auto Motor und Sport in an exclusive interview

“I have fun with my RTL  task and other responsibilities as well – with (car hire enterprise) LaudaMotion and my airline Niki,” he added.

“I believe the times are precisely wrong for new entires into F1, because of the world economic crisis. For the moment it is quite good, because apart from Honda, no other teams have folded.”

“But much more from the present situation should not be expected,” Lauda insisted.


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