Formula 1 will hold a number of tributes to Niki Lauda on Sunday at the Monaco Grand Prix, including making the in-lap an opportunity for fans to honor the three-time world champion.
Lauda passed away on Monday at the age of 70, with his health declining since a double lung transplant last year. The Mercedes non-executive chairman was still a big presence in the paddock until last summer but had been absent since, and F1 has now announced plans to honor one of the sport’s greats on Sunday.
There will be a minute’s silence on the starting grid at 2:53 p.m. ahead of the national anthem, while all 20 drivers — who usually line up at the front of the grid for each race — will be joined by a number of people who played a special role in Lauda’s career, with each of them holding a red cap in memory of the Austrian.
The teams, race organizers, FIA and F1 are also encouraging fans to use the in-lap to pay their own tributes, asking them to wear red hats or create banners, while also suggesting the yachts in the harbor sound their klaxons after the checkered flag. The sport wants fans to do “anything appropriate to honor the memory of one of the sport’s true heroes.”
Mercedes has also unveiled an extra tribute to Lauda that it will run on Saturday and Sunday, painting the Halo on both of its cars red. The team had already turned a star on its engine cover red and is carrying the message ‘Danke Niki’ on the nose, a similar message also appearing on many other cars this weekend.