In The Driver's Seat

Death of pragmatic Lauda could have far-reaching effect on Mercedes

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MONACO - On the face of it, it was business as usual for Mercedes at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday (May 26).

It was a deeply emotional victory for Lewis Hamilton, after the death on Monday of Mercedes' non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, the man who persuaded him to leave McLaren for Mercedes in 2013, and without whom he has said he would have remained a one-time Formula One world champion rather than a man with five.

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