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2019-05-21 11:45


Niki Lauda

In this file photo taken on May 27, 1976 Austrian Formula 1 driver and World champion Niki Lauda sits in his Ferrari on Monaco race track during a training session of the 34th Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Legendary F1 driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media on May 21. Image: AFP

Niki Lauda celebrated his 70th birthday just three months ago on February 22. Even those who are not avid Formula 1 fans will know of the determined driver who cheated death in 1976.

Known as one of the bravest F1 drivers in the history of the sport, Lauda will be remembered for his legendary status forever when he survived a horrific, fiery crash at the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

Lauda was back in a racing car just a mere 40 days after suffering third-degree burns from the crash and several surgeries. He went on to win two more championship titles in 1977 and 1984 after his elusive return.

In his time, Lauda drove in 171 races, 54 podiums, had 25 wins, and 34 fastest laps. 

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