The Formula 1 season 2019 ended with the sixth victory of Lewis Hamilton as well as the sixth victory of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team in the constructors' rating. A highlight this year as well as every year is the Grand Prix of Monaco, which was won by Lewis Hamilton in 2019. But at this race it was a bit different: The Mercedes AMG W 10 had started with a red painted Halo-system. This was a campaign in memory of Niki Lauda, who was part of the team since 2012 as chairman of the supervisory board as well as shareholder with 10 percent since 2013 and he wore a red cap as his trademark; attributed to the fire accident at the Nürburgring in 1976 and there to hide the remaining scars. In cooperation with ck-modelcars.de, Minichamps has released modelcars in scale 1:18, which are reminiscent of this race and this decoration.
“Niki we miss you” can be read on the inside of the halo bracket, which glows in fiery red, according to the action. The Mercedes star, printed in silver on red, is emblazoned on the front. The modelcars were built in the very tightly calculated number of 333 units and reach the collector in an extraordinary, representative collapsible box with a photo of the prototype on the inside lid. These miniatures of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power + are available from ck-modelcars.de and Minichamps under item number 113190644; they are equipped with a driver figure. The editors of this blog do not need to mention to the fans that the contours and lines of the models as well as the replica of the cockpit were implemented in the format 1:18 in the high-class manner that is customary for the team from Aachen: That's obvious!
Started from the pole, in front of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas after 1:43:28.437 hours, Lewis Hamilton won the Monaco Grand Prix 2019, which took place on May 26th, as sixth race of the 70th season of the Formula 1. Lewis scored his 77th victory in F1; his fourth in 2019 and his third in Monaco: “That was one of the toughest races of my career today, just incredibly tough. 20 laps before the end of the race, I saw no way I would get through to the finish with the tires ... so much was I struggling with the car. Then I have wondered: 'What would Niki do?' I did my best! ... I drove with his helmet colors today and I didn't want to disappoint him. It was close to my heart, I wanted to perform for him this weekend and I was determined not to break under the pressure. That was for Niki!"