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Lewis Hamilton must harness Niki Lauda grief in order to win Monaco Grand Prix, says Sir Jackie Stewart Hamilton was so upset by Lauda's death that he was excused his pre-race duties He managed his emotions to set the fastest times in both practice sessions Hamilton is in a strong position to win on Sunday given the pace of his Mercedes

By Jonathan McEvoy for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:29 BST, 23 May 2019 | Updated: 22:37 BST, 23 May 2019

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Sir Jackie Stewart believes Lewis Hamilton can shut out his grief at losing Niki Lauda to win the Monaco Grand Prix.

Triple world champion Stewart recalled his own state of mind after his close friend Jochen Rindt died at Monza in 1970 - a template for his compatriot when he races around Monte Carlo's cramped streets this weekend.

Hamilton was so upset by the death of Lauda, Mercedes' non-executive chairman, that he was excused his pre-race media duties, but he made light of those emotions to set the fastest times in both of Thursday's practice sessions.

Lewis Hamilton was so upset by Niki Lauda's death that he was excused his pre-race duties

Lewis Hamilton was so upset by Niki Lauda's death that he was excused his pre-race duties

Stewart, 79, said: 'I suspect Lewis will handle it in exactly the same way I would have done. Mind management is what I lived with, and why I am alive today.

'At one point, one in three of us was going to die. I lost 57 people who were my friends. I holidayed with them and they stayed with me. You had to manage that mentally in a very strict way.

'Jochen Rindt was a close friend. I will never forget it for the rest of my

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