Niki Lauda: 'Lewis Hamilton is the world's best driver'

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Formula One legend Niki Lauda hails Lewis Hamilton as "the best driver in the world".

Formula One legend Niki Lauda has described Lewis Hamilton as "the best driver in the world".

Hamilton will join Mercedes next season on a three-year contract after bringing an end to his 14-year association with McLaren.

"In a bad car he is the best driver in the world because he is unbelievably quick and he makes no compromise," Lauda told the BBC.

"Lewis joining is high motivation. They have realised their weaknesses.

"I was impressed with his approach to things, very pragmatic, no emotions whatsoever."

Lauda, who is joining Mercedes as a board member, won the world title in 1975, 1977 and 1984.

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