Niki Lauda on Saturday ruled out replacing Bernie Ecclestone as F1 supremo.

Niki_Lauda-Monaco-2014Embroiled in a bribery scandal, the sport’s current chief executive on Friday actually named Lauda, the great triple world champion and Mercedes team chairman, as a potential successor who could potentially be named “tomorrow”. Lauda doesn’t think so. “No, I will not be boss of formula one!” the F1 legend told German newspaper Bild. “I have a job at Mercedes with a contract that goes up to and including 2017. Anyway, I do not think about things that will not happen,” said Lauda.

But what about when that Mercedes contract expires? By then, Ecclestone will be a ripe 87. “Completely excluded,” Lauda insists. “I was never asked if I want to be Bernie’s successor. Period.” And Auto Motor und Sport quotes him as also saying: “You might as well ask me if I am flying to the moon.”

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