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F1 legend Lauda advises Hamilton to swap McLaren for Mercedes 'super team'.

London, Sep 25( ANI ): Former three-times Formula One champion Niki Lauda has urged ace driver Lewis Hamilton to ditch McLaren and join Mercedes for the next season.

Lauda has apparently been instrumental in their overtures, selling Hamilton a vision of a super-team spearheaded by the Briton and Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn, according to The Telegraph.

The Austrian, who was also engaged as an intermediary by Mercedes in their negotiations with Bernie Ecclestone over the new Concorde Agreement, was famously scathing of Hamilton after his collision with McLaren teammate Jenson Button at last year's Canadian Grand Prix, the paper said.

Lauda said that Hamilton's driving on that occasion had been "completely mad", adding that if he continued in that vein it would result in someone getting killed, the paper reports.

But the Austrian remains a firm admirer of Hamilton's raw speed. Formula one now waits with bated breath for Hamilton's final decision, with an announcement expected before next week's Japanese Grand Prix, the paper further added.

The 2008 world champion, whose retirement from the lead in Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix saw him fall 52 points behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the drivers' championship, is weighing up offers from both McLaren and Mercedes, the paper reported.

McLaren have offered Hamilton a reduction in his current salary, which is estimated at 15million per year, although they are thought to have improved their offer in recent weeks, the paper concluded. ( ANI )

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