Hamilton, affected by Lauda, did not attend the press conference

The British "lost a very close friend," specified his team, which will pay tribute to Niki with a message in the nose of the Mercedes.

Niki Lauda was one of the strong men of Mercedes in the last decade, the non-executive director, but his relationship with Lewis Hamilton went far beyond the professional. The Briton said goodbye to his Austrian friend on their social media channels and Mercedes, waiting for an initial emotionally complicated press conference for his five-time champion, asked the FIA that Lewis not participate in that conference at 3:00 pm, which was planned initially. Toto did not go to the paddock Toto Wolff, who also had a fixed round with the media that is delayed to Thursday morning.

Bottas went in his place. "The team asked me to come, it's all normal, and Lewis seems to be fine," the Finn said about it. Mercedes was justified underlining that Hamilton "has lost a very close friend" that is for the entire team of Brackley. The entire staff will wear black armbands and have prepared a special tribute in the body of the W10: the motto "Danke Niki", "thanks Niki" in Spanish, will shine as a priority in the nose of the car.

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