Hamilton: Lauda sees himself in me


Lewis Hamilton thinks Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda sees a lot of his own characteristics in him.

The Austrian was a three-time Formula One champion - winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984 - a feat matched by the Englishman with his triumph in 2015.

Hamilton admitted their relationship was initially rocky before he joined Mercedes for the 2013 season, but feels there are similarities between them that helped win the 66-year-old over.

"When I started out Niki wasn't a big fan of mine, as far as I was aware, not always the most complimentary towards me," he told Autosport.

"He didn't know me, and we hadn't really met and spoken. It wasn't until we started talking mid-2012 that our relationship started, from scratch.

"You know how competitive and how diligent he was when he was racing, and I think he saw a lot of himself in me.

"We like the same things, we're very similar in many ways, so our relationship started from then.

"Since then he has been one of my strongest supporters within this team and organisation, which is hugely, hugely appreciated."