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Lauda assures Hamilton his title fight is by no means over

Niki Lauda with Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton is still very much in the hunt for the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship despite failing even to finish in Australia. That is the view of Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda, who revealed he consoled the Melbourne pole-sitter by harking back to his own Formula 1 history. After Hamilton retired at Albert Park only to see his German teammate Nico Rosberg go on to win, Lauda said: 'I hugged him (Hamilton) and said: This was only the first race.' 'In 1984 I also failed in the first race but I was world champion in the end,' Lauda recalled telling Briton Hamilton. Indeed, while Lauda retired in the pits at Jacarepagua in Brazil, his McLaren teammate...
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