Mercedes has renamed the road that runs through their campus in Brackley to honour the team’s former non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.
Three-time Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda has served as Mercedes F1 Team’s non-executive chairman from 2012 until he passed away in 2019.
In honour of Lauda, and with the blessing of the Austrian’s family, the team renamed the main road at their Brackley factory into ‘Lauda Drive’.
The pathway was previously named ‘Reynard Park’, after the site’s previous owner Adrian Reynard, the founder of Reynard Motorsport. The change was approved by the local authorities.
“It’s a true honour to unveil Lauda Drive and it was great to see so many team members gather to watch the reveal,” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said at the unveiling.
“While our dear friend and colleague Niki wouldn’t have wanted us to make a fuss, he would also be proud to have this road named after him.
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“It was a privilege for all of us to work alongside him and I was lucky enough to call him one of my best friends.
“He was a massive contributor to our success, a great sparring partner for me and a strong non-executive chairman, who we miss dearly.
“I wish he was still here as my friend and as a chairman, because there would have been many questions I’d have liked to ask him this year.
“His legacy lives on in so many shapes and forms, but to know so many people will pass down Lauda Drive in the years to come is very special,” the Austrian concluded.