He also twice underwent kidney transplants, in 1997 and 2005. Andreas Nikolaus Lauda (22 February 1949 – 20 May 2019) was an Austrian Formula One driver and aviation entrepreneur. According to the Associated Press, Lauda is survived by his second wife, Birgit, and their twin children Max and Mia. Some people don’t have this excuse,” he told journalist Graham Bensinger,It was that sort of defiance that propelled Lauda, who,“His unique successes as a sportsman and entrepreneur are and remain unforgettable,” Lauda’s family said in a statement. Niki Lauda suffered horrific burns to his head in a 1976 crash during the German Grand Prix, losing most of his right ear and much of his hair, eyebrows and eyelids. There was no way to hide the scarring and Lauda barely tried, sporting a red baseball hat that he called “my protection for stupid people looking at me stupidly.”.He also had the perfect comeback for anyone who would give him a stupid look or fail to look him in the eye during conversations.“I have an accident as an excuse to look ugly.
So I told [team owner] Ferrari beforehand I would do one lap, which I did, and then I stopped. And even though he still had a shot at the title, Lauda protested the unsafe conditions by retiring after one lap in that final race, with Hunt winning the season championship by a point.“I was spokesman for the drivers then, and I stood up and said: ‘Are you guys f----- crazy?
Away from the public gaze he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. But I have to say that without my accident, maybe, I would have had the reserves to do it.”.Lauda retired after the 1985 F1 campaign, devoting his time to the airline company he had started.“The whole country and the motor sports world are mourning a really great Austrian,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.The most important news stories of the day, curated by Post editors and delivered every morning.Stephen Curry torments Trail Blazers again, sending Warriors to fifth straight NBA Finals,Magic Johnson accuses Rob Pelinka of ‘backstabbing,’ explains abrupt Lakers departure,NFL and NBA players were not impressed with the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale. You cannot do this,’ ” Lauda,“So then I decided for myself that television was not a good enough reason for me to race. In de laatste jaren van zijn leven was Lauda niet-uitvoerend voorzitter van het Formule 1-team van Mercedes-Benz. I have no regrets. “His tireless drive, his straightforwardness and his courage remain an example and standard for us all. It’s got worse. He had two adult sons, Lukas and Mathias, from his first marriage.Lauda’s career, including the 1976 crash and his rivalry/friendship with British driver James Hunt, was documented in Ron Howard’s 2013 film “Rush.” Despite the crash, Lauda trailed Hunt by only three points entering the final race of the season in Japan, where heavy rain led to a dangerously wet track.
Hij groeide uit tot een van de belangrijkste Formule 1-coureurs van zijn tijd en behaalde drie wereldtitels. I would do the same again. We will miss him very much.”.The cause of death was not announced, but Lauda underwent a lung transplant in Vienna last year, his doctor told the Associated Press. The rain has not stopped. Andreas Nikolaus (Niki) Lauda (Wenen, 22 februari 1949 – Zürich, 20 mei 2019) was een autocoureur uit Oostenrijk. He is widely considered one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. He was a three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984, and is the only driver in F1 history to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren, the sport's two most successful constructors.
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