Lewis Hamilton stated he missed Austrian F1 legend Niki Lauda dearly and fondly remembered the day he received a name from him to hitch the Mercedes staff.
- AFP London
- Final Up to date: Might 21, 2020, 3:17 PM IST
Lewis Hamilton stated Niki Lauda is with him “in spirit at every race” because the six-time world champion hailed the Austrian F1 legend on the primary anniversary of his dying.
Three-time champion Lauda handed away simply earlier than final 12 months’s Monaco Grand Prix on the age of 70.
In addition to his battles on and off the monitor, Lauda performed a key function in persuading Hamilton to depart McLaren for Mercedes seven years in the past.
“With Niki, bringing me to a team, convincing me to come to a team that at the time had a lot of success to come. I am grateful for the opportunity and forever love Niki,” stated Hamilton.
“I know he is with us every race in spirit.”
Hamilton, talking in a video tribute launched by the world champions on Wednesday, admitted it was nonetheless robust to debate the influence of Lauda, 12 months after his dying.
“Niki is someone who I miss and who I think we all miss dearly,” stated the British driver.
“Probably the most fond memories I have are from my first conversations. We started talking some time in 2012 and I just remember being home during the day, having a call from Niki and he is trying to convince me to come to the team.
“It was very cool to have a name from a world champion and an icon like Niki.”