Six weeks after the crash he returned to the tracks surprisingly. Lauda remained closely involved with the formula one circuit after retiring as a driver in 1985, and in recent years served as the nonexecutive chairman of the mercedes team. I cant get enough of him, so i keep collecting pictures. Legendary formula 1 driver niki lauda was farewelled by thousands of people from the racing community who showed up to pay their final respects after he died earlier this month at the age of 70.
Formula 1 racecar driver and more recently mercedesbenz speed guru niki lauda passed away yesterday, peacefully and surrounded by his closest family members, according to a statement. Andreas nikolaus lauda 22 february 1949 20 may 2019 was an austrian formula one driver, a threetime f1. He also nearly won the 1976 title, despite a massive crash at the german grand prix which left him with severe burns, and almost killed him. Racer at heart niki is someone i miss, and i think we all miss her very much. He was the dominant driver of the mid 1970s but was so badly injured in a fiery accident during the 1976 german grand prix that a priest read him the last rites. The austrian, who had a lung transplant last august, won the f1 drivers championship in 1975 and 1977 with ferrari, and again in 1984 with mclaren. Former formula one driver niki lauda stands in the mercedes pit at the interlagos race track in sao paulo, brazil, in 2017. On that day, he was the reigning formula one racecar driver in the world and seemed well on his way to winning his. Andreas nikolaus niki lauda 22 february 1949 20 may 2019 was an austrian formula one driver and avaiation entrepeneur. A formula 1 legend and an amazing colleague, an amazing person to learn from, to learn about having true determination, good focus, to achieve amazing things. He was a threetime world champion, winning the title in 1975, 1977 and 1984. On the anniversary of the death of the great niki lauda, we look back at the cars that helped define his brilliant career and were observed up close by giorgio piola.
Birth nicholas andreas lauda, popularly known as niki lauda, was born on february 22, 1949 in vienna, austria. After retiring from racing in 1979, hunt became a media commentator and businessman. Former formula 1 driver niki lauda launches new airline. Through 20 he visited the factory frequently to help us stay focussed and solve problems. His astonishingly quick return to the cockpit was called the most courageous comeback in sporting history. Niki lauda is one of formula 1s greatest world champions. The threetime formula one world champion has died at the age of 70.
Its now a year since austrian formula 1 legend niki lauda died. The great austrian driver won two f1 titles for ferrari and one for mclaren and came back from an horrific accident that left him severely burned. Legendary austrian racing driver niki lauda died aged 70 on monday in his home city of vienna. Getty images niki lauda and luca di montezemolo, grand prix of sweden. Lauda won three world titles as a formula one driver in 1975, 1977 and 1984 with mercedes and ferrari. On august 1, 1976, the austrian driver survived a devastating crash at the f1 german grand prix that left him with severe burns to his face, body and lungs. Niki lauda share he bought his way into formula 1 racing and very nearly paid for it with his life. The real niki lauda sits down for an interview to talk what it was like watching his career as a formula 1 racer and the emotional recovery from his 1976 accident told on screen. The worst day of niki laudas life, he always said, was not aug. Formula 1 champion lewis hamilton has led the extraordinary, heartbroken outpouring of grief at the death of sporting legend niki lauda.
Paper manufacturing was how nikis father made his fortune, though none of it would be made available for a contrary son who would surely bring the respected lauda name into disrepute by playing at being a racing driver. There was one man on everyones mind in the paddock ahead of race weekend in monaco, as the drivers paid tribute to niki lauda. Andreas nikolaus lauda 22 february 1949 20 may 2019 was an austrian formula one driver, a threetime f1 world drivers champion, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984, and an aviation entrepreneur. Attended in seasons and have 177 race entrances was born on 22 february 1949, austria. Austrian formula 1 legend niki lauda was a threetime world champion who enjoyed a remarkable career that included 25 victories from 171 world championship f1 starts. Niki lauda, austrian racecar driver who won three formula one f1 grand prix world championships 1975, 1977, and 1984, the last two of. Racing driver niki lauda, threetime formula one champion, has passed away surrounded by family. For other people with the same name, see james hunt disambiguation. Fierce, eccentric, intelligent, brave, enigmatic, and one of the best formula 1 drivers ever. Formula 1 driver lewis hamilton escorts niki laudas. Niki lauda, byname of andreas nikolaus lauda, born february 22, 1949, vienna, austriadied may 20, 2019, vienna, austrian racecar driver who won three formula one f1 grand prix world championships 1975, 1977, and 1984, the last two of which came after his remarkable comeback from a horrific crash in 1976 that had left him severely burned and near death. He later served as chairman for mercedes grand prix. Click on the site to see niki laudas career results at that track glossary. Threetime formula 1 world champion niki lauda has died at the age of 70.
Given up for dead after an appalling accident he recovered by what the medical profession called sheer force of will. As an insightful book on james hunt recalls his f1 tussles with niki lauda, the austrian tells paul weaver about the accident that led to his famous title defeat in 1976 and the respectful. German paper bild talked to some important people who were close to lauda. Former formula one champion niki lauda 3 min read reuters factbox on former austrian racing driver and threetimes formula one. Formula 1 driver niki lauda and the truth behind rush f1.
Remembered for returning to formula 1 just weeks after a catastrophic crash that saw his car engulfed. Remembering formula 1 legend niki lauda 19492019 forbes. James simon wallis hunt 29 august 1947 15 june 1993 was a british racing driver who won the formula one world championship in 1976. Autosport presents the top 40 greatest formula 1 drivers of all time as voted by over 200 drivers who have raced in the formula 1 world championship. Drivers and teams pay tribute to the late niki lauda on social media. See more ideas about formula 1, race cars and formula one. Niki lauda, 3time formula 1 champion, dead at age 70. No one can replace breakfast with niki lauda gpblog. Niki lauda formula one driver biography f1 fanatic. Niki lauda, champion racecar driver who survived fiery. Threetime formula 1 world champion niki lauda has passed away, aged 70. The formula 1 world is mourning the loss of one of its greatest drivers, as the family of niki lauda announced that the threetime world champion died monday at the age of 70. He is still sorely missed by the whole formula 1 world. Threetime formula 1 champion driver and the guiding spirit for mercedes current f1 team, niki lauda, 70, who died on may 21, was celebrated at a starstudded funeral mass at the stephansdom, st.
Niki lauda, formula 1 racing driver and world champion. We havent heard the last from niki lauda, the threetime f1 world driving champion who died may 20 at age 70. The former racing driver narrowly escaped death in 1976 when he was trapped in a fireball inferno after crashing at the 1976 german grand prix. The book covers formula 1 racing from 1960 to 1982, an era that includes laudas first two world championships. What niki lauda still has to say about formula 1 racing the late threetime champion driver, interviewed for a book that comes out this summer, wanted to know, why did we change formula 1. Almost dead after an appalling accident, he made a comeback to the racing track when everyone thought that lauda s career was over.
Niki lauda was a successful formula one driver, aviation entrepreneur, television f1 pundit, and more recently the nonexecutive. Niki lauda, the austrian racecar driver who won three world championships in formula one, the sports highest level of international. His red racing helmet on his coffin, formula 1 legend niki. He won formula one championships in 1975, 1977 and 1984. The uncompetitive marches meant niki was unable to prove his worth as a driver, let alone stave off pending bankruptcy. Threetime f1 champion niki lauda, who recovered from a nearfatal accident to become one of motor racings greatest drivers, has died aged 70. Austrian formula one driver niki lauda at the dutch grand prix, circuit park zandvoort, netherlands, september 1, 1977. Formula 1 driver niki lauda and the truth behind rush niki lauda fears nothing, and the threetimes world champion has the angry scars to prove it. Formula 1 racing driver and founder of lauda air at a press conference on the crash of the boeing 767, vienna airport, june 1991. Should niki lauda be higher or lower in f1s greatest drivers. Lewis hamilton and toto wolff lead tributes to niki lauda. Formula 1 racecar driver and more recently mercedesbenz speed guru niki lauda passed away yesterday, peacefully and surrounded by.
Almost dead after an appalling accident, he made a comeback to the racing track when everyone thought that laudas career was over. Former formula one driver niki lauda is still a fixture at races, chiming in on every controversial move of the frontrunners as the nonexecutive chairman of the mercedes f1 team. While competing in formula 1, the worlds richest motorsport category, austrian racing driver niki lauda became known for his tenacity and persistence especially after the crash in nearly died in 1976. On february 22, 1949, nicholas andreas lauda was born in vienna into a prominent austrian business and banking dynasty. This photograph originates from a press photo archive. F1 drivers remember niki lauda 2019 monaco grand prix. Niki lauda discusses formula 1 racing in upcoming book. Although he came from a wealthy background he subsidised his racing by taking out a. Niki lauda f1 driver niki lauda formula 1 driver career. Legendary formula 1 driver niki lauda has died aged 70. To mark a year on since niki laudas death, kevin turner picks out the threetime formula 1 world champions 10 greatest drives.
Yesterday it was exactly one year ago that triple f1 champion niki lauda died. The merciless 1970s rivalry between formula one rivals james hunt and niki lauda. Niki lauda was one of few drivers to make a successful comeback in formula one, returning to win a third championship after two years out of the cockpit he arrived in f1 in 1971 with march and moved on to brm for 1973. He is the only driver in f1 history to have been champion for both ferrari and mclaren, the sports two most successful constructors. A heretofore unpublished interview will appear in f1 mavericks, a book by pete biro and george levy slated to appear this summer. Remarkably, he was racing again within six weeks his is a story of defiance, courage and more than a little talent.136 734 769 1075 482 120 897 297 925 842 980 487 839 160 1428 166 630 537 192 428 1147 245 270 842 1111 307 653 1265 822 862 301