Niki Lauda: World champion Lewis Hamilton pays tribute to ‘bright light in my life’

Formula 1

Lauda was non-executive chairman of Mercedes

World champion Lewis Hamilton has paid tribute to Niki Lauda by saying he was “a bright light in my life”.

Lauda, who won the Formula 1 drivers’ championship in 1975, 1977 and 1984, died aged 70.

Hamilton worked alongside Lauda with the Mercedes F1 team, where the Austrian was non-executive chairman.

“I will miss our conversations, our laughs, the big hugs after winning races together,” Briton Hamilton said on Twitter.