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Niki Lauda to be honoured at Monaco Grand Prix

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Formula One will hold a minute’s silence in memory of triple world champion Niki Lauda before Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix. At the end of the race there will then be a noisier salute to the Austrian after the race.

Lauda, one of the sport’s greatest heroes, died on Monday at the age of 70.

Formula One said the silence would be held at 14.53 local time, 17 minutes before the start of the race in the principality.

Monaco Formula One Grand Prix
A message in memory of late Niki Lauda is seen on the car of German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari during the first practice session at the Monte Carlo circuit in Monaco. The 2019 Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco will take place on 26 May 2019. Photo EPA-EFE/SRDJAN SUKI

The 20 drivers and dignitaries who normally stand to attention on the starting grid for the national anthem will be joined by a group of Lauda’s contemporaries and peers each holding a red cap in tribute.

Lauda, the Mercedes team’s non-executive chairman, was known for the trademark red cap he wore to hide his burns from the 1976 accident.

Monaco Formula One Grand Prix
A tribute to late Austrian Formula One legend Niki Lauda at the car of French Formula One driver Pierre Gasly of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing at the Monte Carlo circuit in Monaco . EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Fans in the grandstands are invited to pay their own tribute to the two times Monaco Grand Prix winner on the in-lap after the finish.

Monaco Formula One Grand Prix
A star painted in red to honour late Austrian Formula One legend Niki Lauda on the car of Finnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes AMG GP at the Monte Carlo circuit in Monaco.

Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari already have stickers on their cars in tribute to Lauda.

Mercedes team members will also be wearing black armbands.


Via F1

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