“I am struggling to believe you are gone
”. With these words Lewis Hamilton
started his tribute to his “always friend
” Niki Lauda
, who passed away on May 20, 2019.
The theee time Formula 1 Champion died after a lung transplant last year and some kidney issues at the start of the year.
Lauda was a constant presence in the Formula 1 Paddock, always showing up with his cryptic comments hidden behind his red cap. He was nominated non- executive chairman of team Mercedes and held a lead role in bringing Lewis Hamilton in the team.
The relationship with Lauda touched deeply the five time word champion, who was supposed to attend the Drivers Press Conference today in Monaco.
The team released a statement, explaining that the Briton has been excused from F1 media duties before the Grand Prix.
“I will miss our conversations, our laughs, the big hugs after winning races together.” Continued Hamilton.
Obviously the whole Paddock has been shocked by the news on Tuesday, as well as the whole Formula 1 community.
Endless tweets and captions from drivers and Formula 1 personalities speed social media to remember the man who lived two times, who fought and survived fire and became a legend in Formula 1 history. His rivalry with James Hunt has wrote F1 history and is remembered as one of the biggest F1 rivalry.
Ferrari’s team member already were excused from FIA media activities when Sergio Marchionne, late Ferrari’s president, passed away last summer.
Several tweets from Mercedes remembered the Austrian driver and today, in the pit lane, a new particular could be seen on both Silver Arrows: the silver livery showed a little, red Mercedes symbol, red as that baseball cap that became a distinctive element of a big man who will forever be missed in the Paddock.