The top of the Mercedes workforce, Toto Wolff, instructed how vital his friendship with Niki Lauda, who handed away final Could, was for him.
Toto Wolff: “This 12 months I particularly missed Niki Lauda: in 2019 I used to be shocked by his demise and targeted on work. It was solely on the finish of the 12 months that I noticed that my buddy was now not round. My fellow traveler, my confidant, left – we got here to the races collectively, mentioned every part, and dined collectively.
Nicky normally left the observe at 4 or 5 within the night. At eight within the night I got here to dinner – presently he was sitting together with his pill and each time he mentioned that he had been bored for an hour already. He arrived on the observe early within the morning – even earlier than the attendants arrived. He favored working the primary shift, and I labored the second shift. I actually miss him – I miss my buddy to begin with, but in addition my confidant.
There have been conditions this 12 months once I wish to know his opinion. It is humorous that once I ask myself: “What would Nicky do?” I instantly discover the reply, as a result of Lauda was at all times simple. Earlier, once I requested Nicky about completely different conditions, he at all times confidently answered: “I feel that we have to do that …”