In The Driver's Seat

Niki's death more than emotional loss for Mercedes

On the face of it, it was business as usual for Mercedes at the Monaco Grand Prix last Sunday.

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2019, with the headline 'Niki's death more than emotional loss for Mercedes'. Print Edition | Subscribe