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.”
❤ Niki, 1949 – 2019 pic.twitter.com/tMPi7s2ODE
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) May 21, 2019
While Ferrari, who Lauda won the 1975 and 1977 championships with tweeted this
Everyone at Ferrari is deeply saddened at the news of the death of our dear friend Niki Lauda. He won two of his three world championships with us and will always be in our hearts and in those of all Ferrari fans. Our sincere condolences go to all his family and friends.#CiaoNiki pic.twitter.com/mbzZBNZiRZ
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) May 21, 2019
A sentiment echoed by McLaren and other figures from not only the F1 community but many others in the world of motorsport
All at McLaren are deeply saddened to learn that our friend, colleague and 1984 Formula 1 World Champion, Niki Lauda, has passed away. Niki will forever be in our hearts and enshrined in our history. #RIPNiki pic.twitter.com/Ndd9ZEfm6B
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) May 21, 2019
Niki, you were an inspiration to us all – not just those in the F1 paddock, but across the motorsport world and beyond. Rest in peace, legend. pic.twitter.com/9GpDUhD0H6
— SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team (@RacingPointF1) May 21, 2019
Remembering an icon of our sport. Thanks Niki for all you did for Formula 1.
Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/MOijnShrNy
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) May 21, 2019
I will never forget when I met you and all your advice Niki. All my thoughts are with your family. 🙏🏼
Nunca olvidaré cuando nos conocimos y todos tus consejos. Todo mi apoyo a los familiares y amigos. 🙏🏼#RIPNikiLauda #legend pic.twitter.com/eexAudFlDl
— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) May 21, 2019
All of us at 3Legs4Wheels would like pass on our condolences to Niki Lauda’s family.