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  Posted 20 May 2019 - 10:44 PM


Niki Lauda, three-time Formula One world champion, dies aged 70

The former Formula One driver and three-time world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family has said. The Austrian died overnight on Monday, eight months after receiving a lung transplant.
“With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday,” the family said in a statement, according to the Austrian press agency. The statement paid tribute to “his unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur” and said “his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain. A role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public, and he will be missed.”
Lauda, who won titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984, was hugely admired, respected and liked within F1 after a remarkable career during which he won two titles for Ferrari and one for McLaren and came back from an horrific accident that left him severely burned and injured in 1976. He competed in 171 races and won 25. He also actively pursued business interests including his own airline and went on to have senior roles in F1 management, most recently as non-executive chairman at the hugely successful Mercedes since 2012, where he helped bring Lewis Hamilton to the team.
As tributes began to flow, his former team McLaren said: “Niki will forever be in our hearts and enshrined in our history.” Prominent motorsports journalist Nick De Groot said Lauda’s legendary status within the sport was “not just for what he achieved on the race track, but for what he overcame to get there”, while former MotoGP champion Casey Stoner called Lauda “a true icon and motorsport legend”.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 05:04 AM

RIP. Truly a survivor through the best and sometimes darkest of days for racers and fans alike.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 02:14 PM

Have a poster in my office of Mr. Lauda in his F1, signed too. He was in Dallas in 1984 for a F1 race.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 05:36 PM

He was an honorable man.

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 02:50 PM

Sad news.

Just old enough to remember his crash (1976, aged 6).

RIP to a brave man and a legend.

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