Replacing Michael Schumacher with Lewis Hamilton was the right thing for Mercedes.
That is the claim not only of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, but also the German team's own Niki Lauda.
A year ago, Lauda was instrumental in convincing Lewis Hamilton to leave McLaren and replace the seven time world champion, Schumacher.
"It was the right decision to sign Lewis," Ecclestone told Germany's Auto Bild.
"He woke the team up. And he can push the other driver (Nico Rosberg) in a way Michael couldn't anymore."
Lauda, meanwhile, revealed on Friday to Die Welt newspaper that, just before the 2012 Singapore grand prix, he was invited to a Mercedes board meeting as a guest....
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