Mercedes go red in Lauda tribute

Watch Monaco GP qualifying at 2pm on Saturday, Sky F1 build-up from 1pm, as F1 continues to pay tribute to the legendary Niki Lauda

Last Updated: 24/05/19 4:04pm

Mercedes will run their car with a special red halo in tribute to Niki Lauda over the rest of the Monaco GP weekend.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, is sporting a Lauda tribute crash helmet and says “maybe it’s nice to take him around for a couple of final laps around Monaco”, a venue the Austrian legend won at twice during his career at the Scuderia.

Mercedes are known as the Silver Arrows, but the addition of red on the halo head protection device reflects the red cap that was Lauda’s trademark. The halo carries the message: ‘Niki we miss you’.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton has thanked fans for their well-wishes after Mercedes lost their chairman, and the Englishman a close confidant and friend.

Vettel explains Lauda helmet
After paying a warm and glowing tribute to F1 “icon” Lauda on Wednesday, Vettel revealed a specially-commissioned helmet in Monaco practice.

Lauda is the second-most successful Ferrari driver in history, driving for them for four seasons and winning the 1975 and 1977 world championships.

“It’s not my design, it’s to pay tribute to Niki,” said Vettel.

“It goes without saying that I would have preferred to have done something different here, but given the circumstances and his passing it felt like a good and nice thing to do.

“I think it looks quite cool and is based on his last Ferrari design, so maybe it’s nice to take him for a couple of final laps around Monaco.”

F1 teams throughout the grid have added Lauda tributes to their cars so far this week following the death of the triple world champion on Monday aged 70.

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A tribute to the much-loved and enigmatic three-time F1 World Champion Niki Lauda, after he passed away this week
A tribute to the much-loved and enigmatic three-time F1 World Champion Niki Lauda, after he passed away this week

Sky F1’s Monaco GP schedule

Saturday, May 25
10.45am: Monaco GP Practice Three build-up
11am: Monaco GP Practice Three Live!
12.10pm: Paddock Walkabout Live!
1pm: Monaco GP Qualifying build-up
2pm: MONACO GP QUALIFYING LIVE! (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
3.30pm: The F1 Show Live!
4pm: F2 Race Two Live!

Sunday, May 26
12.30pm: Monaco GP Pit Lane Live! (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
1.30pm: Monaco GP On The Grid Live! (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
2.10pm: THE MONACO GRAND PRIX LIVE! (simulcast on Sky Sports Main Event)
4pm: Monaco GP Paddock Live!
4.30pm: THE INDY 500 LIVE! (Race starts at 5.45pm)
9pm: Monaco GP highlights
10pm: Monaco GP best bits
10.30pm: Monaco GP race replay

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