Mercedes pay tribute to Lauda by keeping red star on F1 car forever

Mercedes pay tribute to the late legendary driver Niki Lauda by keeping red star on its F1 car forever

  • The tributes have kept flooding in for legendary F1 driver Niki Lauda this week
  • The three-time world champion passed away on Monday at the age of 70
  • Mercedes have celebrated his life at the Monaco Grand Prix over the weekend 

Mercedes have decided to pay tribute to the late Niki Lauda by keeping the red star on its F1 car, introduced ahead of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, forever.

Formula One is currently mourning the death of legendary driver Lauda after he sadly passed away at the age of 70 on Monday – eight months after undergoing a lung transplant.

And the tributes have since been pouring in for the three-time world champion at Monte Carlo ahead of Sunday’s race.

Mercedes have confirmed they will keep the red star tribute to Niki Lauda on its car forever

Mercedes have confirmed they will keep the red star tribute to Niki Lauda on its car forever

The three-time world champion's autograph is among other tributes to the car this weekend

The three-time world champion’s autograph is among other tributes to the car this weekend

Mercedes were quick to dedicate the Monte Carlo race to Lauda by putting a red three-pointed star on its car engine cover, a red halo and a facsimile autograph on the nose.

While the German manufacturing giants confirmed the red halo and the autographs were one-offs, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has revealed the dedicated red staris here to stay forever.

‘We have done a few things,’ said Wolff ahead of Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated Grand Prix.

‘I’m really happy how we started off this weekend with the red halo, and the little star – which is going to stay on the car forever – and the signature. It was nicely done. 

Mercedes also have a red halo on their car, which is dedicated to Lauda: 'Niki we miss you'

Mercedes also have a red halo on their car, which is dedicated to Lauda: ‘Niki we miss you’

 ‘So beyond that, unless we find something which we really believe is worth Niki Lauda, then this is what we’re doing.’

Lewis Hamilton will be desperate to pay tribute to Mercedes’ non-executive chairman Lauda by winning in Monte Carlo on Sunday afternoon.

The Brit pipped his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to pole position during Saturday’s qualifying.  

Toto Wolff confirmed the tribute to Lauda on Sunday ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix

Toto Wolff confirmed the tribute to Lauda on Sunday ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix

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