The Formula One paddock was deeply shocked when F1 legend Niki Lauda passed away on Tuesday at the age of 70. That day, tributes poured in for the late Austrian and condolences were conveyed to his family. There were even some emotional ones from Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff and driver, Lewis Hamilton.
Now, ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, the Mercedes team have gone a step further and unveiled a tribute livery. On the back of the car, where all the silver and grey stars, a lone red star is present along with the others. According to the Mercedes team, the red star represents Niki Lauda.
They unveiled the new livery on Twitter and someone asked how long will the livery be on. They responded that it will be present all season long.
From today, the W10 will carry a single red star on its livery. ⭐️
For our Chairman and for our friend. pic.twitter.com/GsuFeoIPGi
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) May 23, 2019
Outside the Mercedes factory, bouquets of flowers were also laid out in front of a plaque. Meanwhile, Scuderia Ferrari also paid a special tribute to the late Austrian. At the Ferrari museum, all the lights were trained on Lauda’s championship-winning Ferrari.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel also unveiled a special helmet in tribute to Lauda. It largely resembled Lauda’s original helmet.
Wonderful gesture from Sebastian Vettel here in Monaco – this is his helmet paying respect to #NikiLauda
Live on @SkySportsF1 now for #FP1 https://t.co/Bx0ZrMF2QF#MonacoGP #F1 #SkyF1 pic.twitter.com/3ZtfkpQvqw
— Sky F1 Insider (@SkyF1Insider) May 23, 2019
Other tributes came from the Haas F1 team, with the name Niki Lauda emblazoned on the back of the car.
Remembering Niki ??
In our thoughts this weekend. pic.twitter.com/XrSngeZUxP
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) May 23, 2019