Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes pay tribute to Niki Lauda with red caps as they celebrate fifth title, with Austrian recovering following lung transplant
- Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have been celebrating the team’s fifth world title
- The team paid tribute to Niki Lauda who underwent a lung transplant in August
- Mercedes chief was released from hospital in October and now in rehabilitation
- Lauda is often seen in the F1 paddock wearing his iconic red cap
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The Silver Arrows have swept all before them in the sport since the hybrid era started in 2014, yet there there was only one man on everyone’s lips as the team celebrated yet another double at their Brackley base on Tuesday.
Niki Lauda has been a key part of the team’s success since 2014 but has been absent for much of the campaign following his lung transplant in the summer.
Lewis Hamilton (second left) was among the key Mercedes staff who paid tribute to Niki Lauda by wearing red caps as they celebrated their fifth world title at the team’s Brackley base
Following the successful operation, the Austrian left Vienna hospital in October after three months having been reported to be in general condition and is now in a rehabilitation phase.
Lauda played a key role in getting Hamilton to join Mercedes from McLaren in 2013 in his role as non-executive chairman at the Silver Arrows.
His role in helping the team transform their fortunes has not been forgotten and all the team’s key players including Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and team boss Toto Wolff wore red caps on Tuesday to pay tribute.
The Interlagos paddock also had positive measures for Lauda who has been recovering from a lung transplant he successfully underwent in August
Lauda, wearing his iconic red cap, was key to bringing Hamilton to Mercedes
Lauda is often seen on an F1 weekend wearing a red hat, and it was only fitting the team doffed their caps while in unison declaring ‘To Niki’ to dedicate their championship success to him.
There was a party atmosphere at the Mercedes base with the five cars that won the world championship also on display to mark their dominance over the last five seasons.
The team though will soon be focused on the last race of the season as they look for an 11th victory this term when they travel to Abu Dhabi in two week’s time.
Hamilton won last time out in Brazil and will now hope to round off the campaign with back-to-back victories.
Mercedes won their fifth straight constructors’ championship at the Brazilian GP on Sunday