Mathias Lauda trying his best to make Niki proud

Mark Scott
Mercedes will run a red halo in tribute to Niki Lauda during the Monaco GP race weekend.

Mathias Lauda, son of the late three-time World Champion,  Niki, is hoping he can make still make his father proud of his achievements.

The motorsport world lost a fearless legend back in May 2019 as Niki passed away following a lengthy period of ill health.

His absence is still greatly felt, but Mathias, who predominantly races in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Aston Martin Racing in the LMGTE Am class, wants to keep bringing more success to the family name.

“When I wake up in the morning I still cannot believe he is this legend of motorsport,” Mathias Lauda said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I think about him every day. It’s already eight months since he has gone and that was when I started a new chapter in my life. I try to do the best to make him proud.

“Motorsport was everything for my dad. He started very young without the support of his family and won three Formula 1 titles He was the only driver to stop after a terrible accident and come back to win a title.

Mathias also said that the shares held by his father in his non-executive chairman role at Mercedes will go back to the team at the end of this year and will not be kept within the family.

“The shares will go back to Mercedes at the end of 2020,” Lauda confirmed.

“They won’t go to any other family. This was already agreed in the contract signed a couple of years ago.”

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