The full extent of the void left by Lauda
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The full extent of the void left by Lauda

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Niki Lauda's death was always going to hit Mercedes hard, but it required an emotional address from Toto Wolff to lay bare the grief the team is experiencing after losing its non-executive chairman

The most poignant minutes of the Monaco Grand Prix week begin with an act that would be comedic in any other context. Shuffling down the side of a packed Mercedes hospitality room, team principal Toto Wolff hoists himself atop the counter, scooches himself round, and clambers down the other side.

Then he takes his seat, gets as comfortable as one can be in this environment, and faces a throng of broadcast and written media to talk about the death of his closest friend in Formula 1.

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