Defending five-time world champion and championship leader Hamilton wound up fourth-fastest after a frustrating opening day.
The former non-executive chairman of the Mercedes team Lauda always wore a scar-covering red baseball cap that he would doff to the team whenever they achieved a great success.
Asked for his overriding emotion, the Red Bull driver smiled.
The defending five-time world champion moves 39 points clear in the title race.
If he wins, Hamilton will move clear of fellow Briton Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost.
However, they said they did not blame the stewards, but the rules.

‘This is the wrong world’: Vettel fumes at costly penalty

The stewards judged that the Ferrari driver had made an unsafe re-entry and forced Lewis Hamilton off the circuit.

Vettel on top ahead of Leclerc as Ferrari rule again

The four-time champion, showing a measured determination, made the most of his car’s superior straight-line speed to clock a best lap.

Thousands expected in Vienna to pay respects to F1 legend Lauda

It will be the first time a sports star has been laid out in the St Stephens’s Cathedral.

‘Hardest race’: Hamilton draws on Lauda spirit in Monaco triumph

The five-time champion emerged victorious and humbled.

Lauda’s red cap and klaxons to be used in pre-race tribute

Several teams have confirmed they will carry tributes to Lauda on their cars.

Emotional Hamilton excused Monaco media briefing

Hamilton had earlier posted messages expressing his feelings on social media.

Sporting world mourns death of ‘true legend’ Niki Lauda

Lauda won the Formula One drivers’ world championship three times, in 1975 and 1977 for Ferrari and in 1984 with McLaren, despite a terrible race crash in 1976.

Legendary former F1 champion Niki Lauda dies at 70

Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media early Tuesday.

Mercedes dominance bad for F1 box office – Hamilton

The two Mercedes drivers are competing against each other … and it’s not much fun for outsiders.

Hamilton rules in Spain

And in the process he seizes thr F1 championship lead from Valterri Bottas

Bottas edges Hamilton to complete pole hat-trick in Mercedes lockout

Bottas clocked a stunning track record lap in 1min 15.406sec to finish six-tenths clear of his teammate in the top 10 shootout on a dry and gusty day.

Vettel insists Ferrari still strong despite early season upsets

The four-time champion German admitted that the Italian outfit had struggled in the opening races after looking so strong in pre-season testing.

‘Ciao Legend’: Thousands remember Senna on 25th anniversary of death

The Brazilian F1 icon was killed aged just 34 years at the San Marino Grand Prix.

I will come back stronger, says Leclerc after Baku frustration

The 21-year-old Monegasque, in his fourth race with the iconic Italian outfit, said he and the team had decided to save tyres and go for the race fastest lap.




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