Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were among those with new looks to pay tribute to Niki Lauda at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Mercedes and Ferrari each sported altered liveries in memory of late three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda at the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday.
Lauda won his first two drivers’ championships with Ferrari and later served as Mercedes’ non-executive chairman before he passed away this week aged 70.
Silver Arrows star Lewis Hamilton, a friend of Lauda, was excused from media duties on Wednesday, but he and his colleagues returned to action in Monte Carlo the following day.
And tributes to the Austrian were evident during two practice sessions, as Mercedes revealed a red star and a message – ‘Danke, Niki’ – on their W10 car.
From today, the W10 will carry a single red star on its livery.
For our Chairman and for our friend. pic.twitter.com/GsuFeoIPGi
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) May 23, 2019
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) May 23, 2019
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen separated Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas in FP1, with just 0.072 seconds between the three drivers.
And with Verstappen limited to16 laps in the second session on a circuit Red Bull usually favour, Hamilton led Bottas for a practice one-two.
Juventus and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was in attendance in Monaco to check in on defending champion Hamilton, who found time to pose for pictures with the superstar footballer.
— Formula 1 (@F1) May 23, 2019