Autosport reports Helmut Marko says the death of his "constant companion" three-time Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda is made "all the more painful" by their close friendship. Lauda, who was Mercedes' non-executive chairman, passed away on Monday night aged 70, after battling health issues for almost a year. Red Bull motorsport advisor Marko says he first met his fellow Austrian "around 1968" and the two followed each closely through their racing careers and later when they moved into non-driving roles.

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