Victorious Lewis Hamilton dedicates his Latest win to the late three-time champion Lauda

Lewis Hamilton led thousands of motorsport fans in paying tribute to Formula One legend Niki Lauda as he zoomed to victory at the Monaco Grand Prix. 

After crossing the line ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, the star took off his helmet and pointed at the Austrian’s name on the back. 

The Mercedes driver said: ‘I was fighting with the spirit of Niki. I was just trying to stay focused and make him proud.’

Droves of spectators flocked to the historic street circuit – including celebrities and the prince of Monaco – to pay their respects to the three-time world champion, who died last Monday.  

Lewis Hamilton was joined by thousands of Formula One fans in paying tribute to Formula One legend Niki Lauda as he swept to victory at the Monaco Grand Prix
Lauda’s death came following a lung transplant last August, and his family said he ‘passed away peacefully’. 
The legendary Austrian took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977, and then again with McLaren in 1984. 
His 1977 championship came just a year after a horrific crash during the 1976 season, which left him scarred for life. 
However, he went on to return to the grid just six weeks later.   
During today’s race, the World Champion was struggling with his tyres on his Mercedes car after earlier fitting softer rubber than Dutchman Verstappen. 
It was only his careful tyre management that saw him hold off, taking his fourth victory of 2019.