Toto Wolff, head of the Mercedes team, affirmed that the work of Niki Lauda was fundamental in the successful present of the German team in Formula 1.
After earning your sixth Formula 1 Constructors' Cup, the team Mercedes highlighted the contribution of the Austrian Niki Lauda, who died last May.
"This would not have been possible without Niki Lauda, as he was a fundamental pillar of this success", said Toto wolff, head of the German team, after the Japanese GP where the consecration was achieved thanks to the triumph of the Finn Valtteri Bottas and the third place in English Lewis Hamilton.
During the post-race press conference, Wolff sat at a small table on which was a red cap, the trademark of his compatriot Lauda.
“It's not like before, because we have lost Niki. But I'm happy for the team's performance ”, Hamilton commented when asked about the title won by Mercedes. “I know that Niki would take off her cap to this success. We owe him so much, today is really for him ”, said.
Lauda, who served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Mercedes F.1 team since 2012, passed away in mid-May at the age of 70. The former category champion had a special relationship with Hamilton and was key to the Briton arriving at Mercedes in the 2013 season.
At that time, Hamilton arrived from the McLaren team as 2008 world champion and became the successor of Michael Schumacher.