F1 Pays Tribute To Niki Lauda

2014 Brazilian Grand Prix, Saturday - Wolfgang Wilhelm

The world of F1 today paid tribute to the 3 time world champion Niki Lauda, whose death was announced early Tuesday morning.

Mercedes team Principle Toto Wolff said “Niki will always remain one of the greatest legends of our sport – he combined heroism, humanity and honesty inside and outside the cockpit. His passing leaves a void in Formula One. We haven’t just lost a hero who staged the most remarkable comeback ever seen, but also a man who brought precious clarity and candour to modern Formula One. He will be greatly missed as our voice of common sense.

“Our Mercedes team has also lost a guiding light.  As a team-mate over the past six and a half years, Niki was always brutally honest – and utterly loyal. It was a privilege to count him among our team and moving to witness just how much it meant to him to be part of the team’s success. Whenever he walked the floor in Brackley and Brixworth, or delivered one of his famous motivational speeches, he brought an energy that nobody else could replicate. 

“Niki, you are quite simple irreplaceable, there will never be another like you. 
“It was our honour to call you our Chairman – and my privilege to call you my friend.” 

While Ferrari, who Lauda won the 1975 and 1977 championships with tweeted this

A sentiment echoed by McLaren and other figures from not only the F1 community but many others in the world of motorsport

All of us at 3Legs4Wheels would like pass on our condolences to Niki Lauda’s family.

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