Hamilton remembers ‘a bright light in my life’

Date published: May 22 2019 - Michelle Foster

Lewis Hamilton says he still looks back through old messages between himself and Niki Lauda.

Lewis Hamilton says he will miss the “conversations, our laughs, the big hugs” following the death of triple World Champion Niki Lauda.

Lauda fell ill last year leading to a lung transplant last August.

The triple World Champion, who was badly burned in a near-fatal Formula One crash in 1976 and suffered lung injuries, struggled to recover and was again admitted to hospital in January with a bout of flu.

Lauda, 70, passed away peacefully on Monday.

Hamilton, who joined Mercedes in 2013 after being persuaded to by Lauda, says he will miss his friend.

“My buddy, I am struggling to believe you are gone,” Hamilton posted on Instagram.

“I will miss our conversations, our laughs, the big hugs after winning races together.

“It’s truly been an honour working alongside you over these past seven years.

“I wouldn’t have even been in this team if it wasn’t for you.

“Thank you for being a bright light in my life.

“I’ll always be here for your family should they ever need me.

“Love you man.

“Your friend always. Lewis.”

Mercedes are expected to lead the tributes to Lauda at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix with the W10 sporting a special livery to remember the Austrian.

Many teams in the paddock are likely to follow suit with their own remembrance decal.

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