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‘There is a huge black cloud’: Toto Wolff’s emotional tribute to Niki Lauda | Sport

• Lauda joined Mercedes in 2012 just before Wolff’s arrival• Wolff: ‘I look at pictures and find myself with tears’Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, delivered an emotional tribute to Niki Lauda at the Monaco Grand Prix. Lauda, the three-times world champion who died on Monday aged 70, was nonexecutive chairman at the team. The pair had become close friends, as had Lewis Hamilton and Lauda, and Wolff said his driver and the whole team were sharing his grief and sadness.Speaking in Monte Ca...

Woke-washing: how brands are cashing in on the culture wars | Media

From M&S’s LGBT sandwich to Kendall Jenner stopping a riot with a Pepsi can, corporate business is adept at adopting our concerns. But is it all a cynical marketing ploy?Imagine getting angry over a sandwich. When Marks & Spencer launched its LGBT sandwich – basically, your classic BLT with some gay guacamole thrown in – I, along with a list of other LGBTQ commentators, was asked by ITV’s This Morning if I was offended by the sandwich. I wasn’t, and neither were any of the others they as...

Lewis Hamilton takes time out after death of ‘close friend’ Niki Lauda | Sport

• Hamilton excused from F1 media duties before Monaco GP • Pair grew close after Lauda persuaded Briton to join MercedesLewis Hamilton has curtailed his pre-race activities before the Monaco Grand Prix as he comes to terms with the death of his friend Niki Lauda on Tuesday. Lauda was the non-executive chairman at Hamilton’s Mercedes team and had been instrumental in persuading the British driver to join them. Hamilton was withdrawn from the FIA press conference in Monte Carlo before it took plac...

My friend Niki Lauda was a street fighter and a shining talent in F1 | John Watson | Sport

Niki changed people’s perceptions about motor racing and his remarkable range of qualities will be sadly missedNiki Lauda and I raced both alongside and against one another and remained friends until his death. His qualities, abilities and achievements are rightly admired. The clarity of his thinking and pragmatism – he was an intelligent man, a street fighter, a three-times world champion and his comeback after the accident at the Nürburgring stands as the most courageous act I’ve seen any spor...

Niki Lauda obituary | Sport

Star racing driver who survived a near-fatal crash to win the Formula One world championship three timesNiki Lauda was attempting to win his second Formula One world title when he was almost killed in one of the most famous accidents in the history of motor sport. As his Ferrari caught fire after hitting a bank at high speed during the 1976 German Grand Prix, Lauda lay unconscious in the cockpit. Other drivers stopped and tried to help. One, Arturo Merzario, plunged into the flames to unbuckle t...

Formula One legend dies, aged 70

Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda has died. His family said the 70-year-old ‘passed away peacefully’ on Monday in a statement reported by the Austria Press Agency. “His unique successes as a sportsman and entrepreneur are and remain unforgettable,” the statement said. “His tireless drive, his straightforwardness and his courage remain an example and […]

Niki Lauda, the Austrian Formula 1 legend,dies aged 70 after a period of ill health

Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda who survived horrendous burns to become an airline entrepreneur has died aged 70, after a period of ill health.Lauda won the F1 drivers' championship in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and again in 1984 with McLaren.In 1976, he was badly burned when he crashed during the German Grand Prix, but made an astonishingly fast return to racing just six weeks later.Journalist Thomas Meyer from Der Standard tweeted: 'Niki Lauda is dead! The legendary Formula One World Champion was...