Niki Lauda Is 'Worried' About The Future Of Formula 1

Current Mercedes team chairman and three-time F1 world champion Niki Lauda remains skeptical about the future of Formula 1 under Liberty Media's command. He has voiced his opinions in the past, and now, he claims that he's "worried" about the sport's future in a world of budget caps, performance limitations, and other hot topics that are whirling through the racing community. 

Lauda told the Italian newspaper >Gazzetta Dello Sport that Liberty, as well as the FIA, must keep the heritage of Formula 1 in mind when making regulatory decisions.

“It was right that the American owners needed time to understand what F1 is – but that is about to expire. And what they think about the future is worrying me." He continued, "The FIA, Chase Carey and Ross Brawn repeat that we need to level the performance, but the DNA of F1 is the opposite."

The Austrian great negated the idea of putting every team on the same level, adding that it wouldn't increase the entertainment factor despite popular opinion.

“You are a fool if you think that to make grands prix more attractive you need to have a different winner every weekend. F1 is about competition.

“Developing cars is one of the important foundations, as well as the bravery of the drivers. Instead, you want to penalize the best teams and protect the drivers as if they are babies – with the introduction of the Halo for example."

Lauda was one of many to speak out against the introduction of the Halo cockpit safety device. While not opposed to improved safety practices in general, the equipment has been viewed in a negative light by some who say it's underdeveloped and not ready for track time. 

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