Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton has dedicated Mercedes’ 2019 Constructors Championship win to late racing great Niki Lauda.
Lauda, who died at the age of 70 in May was the non-executive chairman Niki Lauda for the Mercedes racing team.
Mercedes clinched the title in Japan on Sunday – and with Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas now the only men left in the running to win the drivers’ championship – the Silver Arrows will become the first team in Formula One history to win six consecutive constructors’ and individual crowns.
Lauda, a triple world champion in 1975, 1977 and 1984, had been at Mercedes since 2012 and played a key role in bringing Hamilton to the team.
Hamilton said: “We lost Niki this year and it doesn’t feel the same without him. It has been a tough year for us.
“But I know he would take off his hat for today’s result. We owe him a huge amount and this win is for him. The whole team at Mercedes would dedicate this to Niki. I definitely do.
“Every time I walk into the garage we see Niki’s headphones and his cap. I looked at it today before I got in the car. I know he will be proud, and so will his family. This team should be proud, too.”