“My thoughts are with Niki. I’m going to miss your hugs after Victories. Thank you, that you have brought much light into my life. And I’ll be there for your family always!” It is the Twitter words of Lewis Hamilton (34).

the five-time world champion at the press conference was on Wednesday afternoon by Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas (29) replace.

approved This rider exchange, apparently by the FIA, there was still never in the history of formula 1. Many asked: Is gone Laudas death to the British so close? Now, Hamilton is curved just before the cancelled appearance on his MV Agusta in the paddock. With a petrified expression on his face.

But the very sensitive world Leader, it must have taken some sources, the death of his buddies really deep: So, Lewis did not want to show his grief and tears in front of the world media. Somehow understandable.

World concern

For Bottas said: “Niki was a Motivator, always, and even after a bad race is always a contact!” And the man who told the Finns, 2017, in the Spa, ice-cold: “You need to do now is for Lewis to drive!.” Yes, Niki Lauda was in the case of Mercedes, the official messenger for bad news.

to feel The sympathy for the death of three-time champion with 25 Wins worldwide. Mario Andretti (79), the world champion in 1978 with Lotus: “My heart is now very heavy, I mourn the loss of a friend. Niki Lauda was a steadfast and wonderful man!”

For Gerhard Berger (59), the ten-times GP winner, is the family in the foreground: “Austria has one of the greatest Ambassador of all time, lost! My thoughts are now, but in the case of Niki’s family, his wife Birgit and their children Mia, Max, Lukas, Mathias and Christopher. The close family circle has been in the last few months, sacrificially and lovingly to him. A big thank you!”

mourning minute on Sunday

as of Thursday morning, the formula 1 grid through the narrow streets of Monte Carlo. The whole Mercedes Team is up on Sunday with a black ribbon. And most of the Teams are in honor of Niki Lauda, the man with the most famous red cap, with special inscriptions to the 980-HP cars.

On the Sunday before the Start of the 67. Grand Prix of Monaco, a grief minute planned. It’s the least that the otherwise heartless GP can do circus as a worthy reminder for the third formula-1-dead within ten months.

* On the 25. July 2018 passed the Fiat and Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne in Zurich to lung cancer.

* On 14. March 2019, died FIA race Director Charlie Whiting in Melbourne suddenly of a pulmonary embolism. Both the age of 66.