Niki Lauda, Austrian Formula 1 Champion, Dies at 70
A legend in Formula One history and an aviation mogul, Niki Lauda lived an interesting life in his 70 years on earth. According to reports, Lauda passed away yesterday.
Three-time Formula One Champion, Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70. Not only was he a legend on the track but he also became a prominent name in the Aviation industry.
Lauda’s family issued a statement to the Austria Press Agency saying the three-time world champion “passed away peacefully” on Monday.
Rest in peace Niki Lauda.— Formula 1 (@F1) May 21, 2019
Forever carried in our hearts, forever immortalised in our history. The motorsport community today mourns the devastating loss of a true legend.
The thoughts of everyone at F1 are with his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/olmnjDaefo
Lauda's doctor, Walter Klepetko, who performed a lung transplant on Lauda last year, also released a statement saying:
“Niki Lauda has died. I have to confirm that.”
“His unique successes as a sportsman and entrepreneur are and remain unforgettable,” read the family statement. “His tireless drive, his straightforwardness, and his courage remain an example and standard for us all. Away from the public gaze, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. We will miss him very much.”
Lauda won the F1 drivers’ championship in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari. He then went on to bag the honor again in 1984 with McLaren.
Everyone at Ferrari is deeply saddened at the news of the death of our dear friend Niki Lauda. He won two of his three world championships with us and will always be in our hearts and in those of all Ferrari fans. Our sincere condolences go to all his family and friends.#CiaoNiki pic.twitter.com/mbzZBNZiRZ— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) May 21, 2019
Two of his wins came after a terrifying accident in 1976. He was badly burned when he crashed during the German Grand Prix in one of the most horrific accidents in the sport. He made an astonishingly fast recovery and returned to racing just six weeks later.
Lauda remained closely involved with the F1 circuit after retiring as a driver in 1985. In recent years, he served as the non-executive chairman of the Mercedes team.