‘There is a huge black cloud’: Toto Wolff’s emotional tribute to Niki Lauda

• Lauda joined Mercedes in 2012 just before Wolff’s arrival
• Wolff: ‘I look at pictures and find myself with tears’

The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, delivered an emotional tribute to Niki Lauda at the Monaco Grand Prix. The three-time world champion, who died on Monday aged 70, was non-executive chairman at the team. The pair had become close friends, as had Lewis Hamilton and Lauda, and Wolff said his driver and the whole team were sharing his grief and sadness.

Speaking in Monte Carlo before practice for the weekend’s race began, Wolff revealed how hard Lauda’s death had hit him. “The last 48 hours were terrible, I feel like a zombie,” he said.

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Source: Formula 1

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