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Lauda relieved Mercedes extending gap on rivals

Niki Lauda has expressed relief at Spa as Mercedes pulled out an even greater advantage over the chasing pack. The F1 legend and Mercedes' team chairman said that after Red Bull's victory in Hungary prior to the summer break, he had been worried the field was closing in. "My big concern was the summer break," Lauda told German television RTL after qualifying in Belgium, where pole sitter Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton had a huge advantage over their chasers in wet conditions. "So this race was very important and I have to say honestly -- it could not be better. "Both cars in the first row, Nico a bit faster and with fewer errors than Lewis. But both Mercedes at the...
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