How Lauda shaped the dominant Mercedes machine

How Lauda shaped the dominant Mercedes machine

While many of the measures that gave Mercedes a headstart in 2014 were in place when Niki Lauda arrived, the knowledge he gained, then imparted, over more than four decades in F1 helped transform the team into the dominant force it is today

The loss of Niki Lauda is a massive blow to everyone in the Mercedes camp - primarily, of course, on a personal level. The legendary Austrian was a close friend and colleague, as team boss Toto Wolff has made clear.

But his death also robs Mercedes of someone who played a significant role in shaping the hugely successful team that we know today and, more importantly, in ensuring that level of success has been sustained into what is now six seasons.

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