Died legendary racer Niki Lauda

• Died legendary racer Niki Lauda

In the Austrian capital Vienna, died a former racing champion in Formula 1 Niki Lauda. Legendary pilot, will forever remain in the history of motor sport, it was 70 years old. Former racer has left this world, surrounded by relatives and friends, who alerted the world about this sad event a special letter.

Died legendary racer Niki Lauda

The journalists published ORF sad message Lauda family, addressed to fans of racing, which referred to his great contribution to the development of Formula 1 and the impressive achievements on tracks around the world. Here is an excerpt from it:

In deep sadness we announce that our beloved Nicky peacefully died in the Monday, May 20, 2019. His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur remain and will remain unforgettable. His tireless interest in the work, his dedication and courage are a role model and a standard for all of us.

Lauda spent in Formula 1 13 seasons and has become one of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport. In its impressive asset 177 GPs, 25 wins and 54 podium. Austrian rider won the world title three times: in 1975, 1977 and 1984.

Died legendary racer Niki Lauda

During his career, Niki Lauda had to speak for the team McLaren, Ferrari, March, BRM and Brabham. The pilot has repeatedly found himself on the verge of death. The most terrible accident occurred in 1976 on the track "Nürburgring" during the race the German Grand Prix.

Died legendary racer Niki Lauda

lost control of his car and went off the track on the second lap Lauda. Champ Car hit the bump, caught fire and flew back to the track, where it collided with two other car. In this disaster, which became one of the most terrible accidents F1, Lauda was able to survive only by miracle.

Died legendary racer Niki Lauda

The pilot was removed from the car in flames with severe burns, damage the face. Lauda have burned part of the head, almost completely burned eyelids and one ear, but he was able to return to sports after only 6 weeks after the accident, missing only two runs.

Died legendary racer Niki Lauda

In addition to sports Lauda actively engaged in business - his airline Lauda Air operates passenger transportation from 1979 to 2013. Known racing driver and as a writer - he is the author of 4 books about the sport.