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Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda has been celebrated in Vienna in a funeral service attended by prominent motorsport personalities along with a bevy of Hollywood stars.
Lauda died last week at the age of 70, his family revealed he passed peacefully on May 20 a few days shy of Formula Ones showpiece race the Monaco Grand Prix where Lauda won in 1975 and 1976.
He was laid to rest wearing a set of his racing overalls, while his famous red helmet was placed on the casket during the service at St Stephan’s Cathedral by his sons Mathias and Lukas.
Lauda’s death saw an out-pouring of emotion from the Formula 1 paddock in Monaco and worldwide, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel both had Lauda’s helmet colours on their own helmets during the Grand Prix.
Team Haas carried messages in his memory on their cars and Mercedes painted the halo on its cars red, the colour of Lauda’s helmet and later the red caps he became famous for. Red Caps were also worn by just about everyone at the Monaco GP, including on the podium by Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport have made a special Remembering Niki Video, you can watch this here:
Velocity magazine will have a special tribute article on Niki Lauda in a forth-coming issue, keep and eye on our website and Facebook pages for more details.
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