The 2019 edition of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix was an emotional one. In the minds of all the drivers, organisers and viewers was Niki Lauda, the legendary racing driver who died only a week ago and who won the Monaco GP twice in his career.
The winner of this year's race, Lewis Hamilton, wore a helmet that resembled Lauda's when he secured his third world championship with McLaren in 1984. All the drivers paid tribute to Lauda at the beginning of the race with a minute of silence.
It was a hard-fought win for Hamilton who had to battle against Max Verstappen to cross the finish line first. “That was definitely the hardest race I’ve had but nonetheless I was fighting with the spirit of Niki,” he said. “He’s been such an influence in our team and I know he will be looking down and taking his hat off. I was trying to stay focused and make him proud.”
Among the VIPs in attendance were many of the high flying guests that we've seen walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, just a few kilometres down the coast. Kris Jenner and Tommy Hilfiger arrived from Cannes in the designer's luxury yacht accompanied by Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. Models Winnie Harlow, Jourdan Dunn and Josephine Skriver were also seen in the paddock, as was DJ Bob Sinclar and football star Cristiano Ronaldo. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco presided over the race and delivered the prizes.