'I Was Fighting With The Spirit Of Niki': Emotional Tribute After Monaco Win
Lewis Hamilton won the Monaco F1 Grand Prix overnight.
It was a heck of a drive as the Mercedes driver won his 77th GP, thrillingly holding off Red Bull's Max Verstappen over the tension-filled final laps.
As exciting as the race was, the moment to savour came afterwards, as the four-time F1 championship winner paid tribute to Austrian F1 legend Niki Lauda, who passed away last week.
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"That was definitely probably the hardest race I’ve had. I really was fighting with the spirit of Niki," Hamilton said.
"Niki has been such an influential person in our team, helping us get to where we are, so I know he will be looking down and I know he would take his hat off today. I was just trying to stay focused and trying to make him proud."
Lauda was both a friend and a mentor to Hamilton over the years.
"This week has been such a hard week," Hamilton said at the post-race press conference.
"Emotionally, us as a team and me personally, I just really, really wanted to do the job. I really wanted to deliver on the word of Niki, and imagined him taking the hat off in support.
"When I was driving I was like, 'what would Niki do?' so I just kept going."
"I hope it wasn’t too boring," Hamilton added.
If Lauda has passed one thing on to Hamilton, it's that there's never any fear of boredom when the 34-year-old Brit is behind the wheel.