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Mercedes salute absent Lauda with red cap tribute

Mercedes team drivers, management and staff saluted recovering non-executive chairman Niki Lauda on Tuesday as Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton joined factory staff in celebrating their fifth straight constructors’ and drivers’ title double. Hamilton, teammate Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes F1 bosses doffed red caps, similar to the one Lauda usually wears, to thank the absent Austrian, who had a lung transplant in August. Team principal Toto Wolff told Reuters he would love to see Lauda, 69, return for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but it would depend on medical advice. “I’m going to see him on Friday and I’m so happy to come back with the championship because he...
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