Five double wins in the first five races – Mercedes Surfs the Wave of Success. But just on the day of arrival in the PS highlight of the year, the news of Lauda's death struck the club as a club yesterday. The three-time world champion was much more than the president of the silver arrows.
Especially for Lewis Hamilton, Niki was a mentor, a friend and a "bright light in my life." This is why the 34-year-old Brit is facing his toughest F1 challenge. On Thursday (11 am), he will start a training for GP Monaco. And in particular, the hard-headed World Cup leader needs complete concentration. Because a mistake in the narrow street canyons ends in the wall.
Thanks to Lauda's help, pursuing the Mercedes mega record
On Sunday, 15.10 (live ORF 1), it is for Hamilton then for his third victory in the most famous race in the world. What would have been more than Lauda? It did in 1975 and 1976 – the last two red-white and red triumphs in the Principality. Valter Bottas rides his first victory here. If the Mercedes duo also finishes the next race in positions one and two, that will be the absolute premiere – and Nicky's father of success. His team pays tribute to him with dedication to the car.