Niki Lauda denies Lewis Hamilton destroyed room after Baku qualifying
Mercedes have denied Lewis Hamilton "damaged" his hotel room or his private driver room following the European Grand Prix, after comments made by Niki Lauda claimed otherwise.
Lauda suggested in an interview with ServusTV that had Hamilton reacted angrily to crashing in qualifying and "destroyed" his room as a result, whilst also claiming he lied about his "better than ever" relationship with team-mate Nico Rosberg.
In a statement issued by Mercedes on Wednesday on behalf of Lauda, it's claimed the comments were "blown wildly out of proportion" and that it in fact never happened.
"Following his appearance on a television discussion show on Servus TV recorded prior to last weekend's Austrian GP, Niki Lauda would like to set the record straight and state the following," began the statement.
"Lewis Hamilton did not in any way damage a hotel room or his private driver room at the circuit during the race weekend in Baku; and Lewis Hamilton did not lie about his relationship with team-mate Nico Rosberg.
"Niki regrets any misunderstanding caused by comments that have been blown wildly out of proportion compared with the casual context in which they were made."