Formula One Legend Niki Lauda Passes Away Aged 70

Formula One icon Niki Lauda has died aged 70, his family confirmed.

A statement released by Lauda’s family stated that the driving ace passed away with his family on Monday. The Austrian received a lung transplant eight months ago.

The statement remembered “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 won Formula One championship titles in 1975, 1977, and 1984, in the face of immense challenges that came from a near-fatal accident at the Nurburgring in 1976 which left him with severe burns.

The Austrian has remained a key figure in the sport in recent years thanks to his role as non-executive chairman at the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team since 2012.

Lauda made his F1 debut back in 1971 with the March team and after raking up a serious of impressive results, he eventually found himself driving a Ferrari in 1974 and went on to secure his first title the following year.

He was well-admired for his courage, which was no more apparent in the wake of a crash at the Nurburgring where he was left trapped in a burning car and suffered severe burns and damage to his lungs and could have easily retired from the sport. Instead, he returned to racing just six weeks later at the Italian Grand Prix.

Niki Lauda is survived by wife Birgit Wetzinger and their childrea, Mia and Max Lauda.

  • Javokhir_Sam

    Rest in peace Mr.Lauda.

    Interestingly, will Mercedes be able to keep the pace after that? I knew that his precious assistance to Toto was immense.

  • Six_Tymes

    An amazing life. Rest in peace Sir, you were a childhood hero of mine.

  • john1168

    Niki was a legend. He introduced a business mentality to F1 that wasn’t there before, in addition to being a fantastic driver. Rest In Peace Niki. You will be missed.

  • Christian

    Never heard about him…SO

    • ZYGIUS

      So, you’re a moron

      • Christian

        O
        M
        G
        Just because I’VE NEVER heard about this DUDE, you don’t have to hurt my feelings…

        • Adilos Nave

          Then don’t reply to a thread about his passing. Very rude and trying to make it all about you. If you are genuinely interested in knowing more about this legend of the sport, might want to try watching the movie Rush. Pretty good film.

          • CarCzarDesigner

            The film tells of an amazing story about a period of his early life but, he kept going and was so much larger than that. It’s a shame he’s gone.

          • Adilos Nave

            Absolutely agree. Rush introduced me to that period of F1 which I knew very little about.

            Are you an industrial designer working in transportation? Art Center grad?

          • CarCzarDesigner

            Yes. Art Center, no! Other International Design School grad.

          • Mr. EP9

            S/he’s trolling like always. Or at least trying to.

    • R55

      Seconded. You’re a moron.

    • Karl

      Then you have no moral grounds to be on an auto enthusiasts page. Now go stand in a corner and do your research!

      • Christian

        F YOU! I’m going to Buzzfeed then. Safer place to read news..

        • Karl

          Yours is a typical response to someone who has been busted and exposed for being a troll. Take your marbles and be on your merry way,please let the door hit you on the way out. Your presence will be filled by a genuine car enthusiasts. Ta taa

          • Christian

            And who did you vote for in 2016? I smell fa cist..

          • Karl

            You are still here?

          • Christian

            No…

          • Karl

            We understand, never got the attention as a kid so here is as good a place huh? Keep trolling, you just might find yourself one day.

          • Christian

            We? Who? You?

          • Karl

            Keep trolling, we are rooting for you, not!

  • izzey04

    a legend has left…

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  • exeptor

    It was literally written in the article – “he was left trapped in a burning car and suffered severe burns and damage to his lungs”.

  • Mr. EP9

    Rest in Peace Niki Lauda.

  • eb110americana

    That crash in 1976 was so horrific, by all rights, he should have probably died then. It was only due to his indomitable spirit that he clawed his way back, not only to survival, but to racing prosperity. He is truly inspirational in his perseverance over such adversity.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Rest in peace, legend… 🙁

  • Christian

    But to be fair.. I just stated that I never heard about him.. Not my fault that we don’t learn about him here in CANADA….

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