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Niki Lauda

Knowledge Identifier: +Niki_Lauda


Niki Lauda

Austrian former Formula One racing driver and three-time F1 World Champion add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1949.

Countries: (24%), United Kingdom (22%), Germany (17%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Formula One, Niki (airline), James Hunt

Linked to: Scuderia Ferrari, Brabham, Ford Motor Company, March Engineering




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Niki Lauda was born in 1949 add something


It would be a feat not achieved since Jack Brabham's victories in 1959 and 1960 add something


He looked set to win the most races in a season, a record held by the late Jim Clark since 1963 add something


After an unsuccessful start to the 1970s culminating in a disastrous start to the 1973 season, Ferrari regrouped completely under Luca di Montezemolo and were resurgent in 1974 add something


His career seemed to be going nowhere in particular until he took out a large bank loan, secured by a life insurance policy, to buy his way into the fledgling March team as a Formula Two driver in 1971 add something


Although the F2 cars were good , March's 1972 F1 season was catastrophic and Lauda, in despair and deep debt, briefly contemplated suicide but finally took out yet another bank loan to buy his way into the BRM team in 1973 add something


He was quickly promoted to the F1 team and drove for March in both F1 and F2 in 1972 add something


Lauda was instantly quick but the team was in decline; his big break came when his BRM team-mate Clay Regazzoni rejoined Ferrari in 1974 and team owner Enzo Ferrari asked him what he thought of Lauda add something


Spanish Grand Prix - Austrian Niki Lauda won his first of 25 races in 1974


Francois Migault - In 1974, he drove almost a complete season with British Racing Motors after both BRM drivers of 1973, Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni, had moved to Ferrari


However, Lauda, who was able to set records for most Pole Position in a season during the 1975 season, rarely matched his teammate in qualifying add something


The 1975 F1 season started slowly for Lauda, but after nothing better than a fifth-place finish in the first four races he won four out of the next five races in the new Ferrari 312T add something


Unlike 1975 and despite tensions between Lauda and Di Montezemolos successor, Daniele Audetto, Lauda dominated the start of the 1976 F1 season, winning four of the first six races and finishing second in the other two add something


Luca Cordero di Montezemolo - During his involvement with the team, Ferrari won the Formula One World Championship with Niki Lauda in 1975 and 1977


He has been associated with both Parmalat and Viessmann, sponsoring his ever faithful 'cappy' from 1976 onwards, used to hide the severe burns he sustained in his 1976 accident add something


Austrian Grand Prix - In 1976, home favorite Niki Lauda's appalling crash at the Nürburgring caused him to miss the race, which was won by Briton John Watson in the short-lived Penske F1 team, winning his first Formula One race


Bernie Ecclestone - The 1976 and 1977 seasons saw Brabham fall towards the back of the field again, before winning two races again in the 1978 season when Ecclestone signed the Austrian double world champion Niki Lauda, intrigued by Murray's radical BT46 design


United States Grand Prix West - The 1976 event was won by Swiss Clay Regazzoni in a Ferrari with his teammate Niki Lauda finishing 2nd and Patrick Depailler finishing 3rd while furiously charging through the field after an incident he had early in the race


Lauda's previously good relationship with Ferrari was severely affected by his decision to withdraw from the race, and he endured a difficult 1977 season, despite easily winning the championship through consistency rather than outright pace add something


Tom Pryce - During the practice session for the 1977 South African GP, run in wet conditions, Pryce was faster than everyone, including world champion drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt


Hans-Joachim Stuck - Stuck was quite successful at Brabham-Alfa in 1977, leading the 1977 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in the rain, but was replaced by Niki Lauda for 1978


San Marino Grand Prix - A further non-championship event took place at Imola in 1979, which was won by Niki Lauda for Brabham-Alfa Romeo


Jackie Stewart - George Harrison, a good friend of Stewart's, released a single, "Faster", in 1979 as a tribute to Stewart, Niki Lauda, Ronnie_Peterson and fellow Formula One race car drivers


BMW M1 - The series ran for two years, with Niki Lauda winning the 1979 season, and Nelson Piquet the 1980 season


In the 1980s, 'Niki Lauda' was a name for cocaine, from its rhyming with 'the powder' add something


BMW in Formula One - Initial discussions were held with double World Champion Niki Lauda and McLaren on the subject of a 1980 campaign, but the BMW board denied Neerpasch's request for the programme


Needing money to shore up his new business, in 1982 Lauda returned to racing, feeling that he still had a career in Formula One. After a successful test with McLaren, the only problem was in convincing team sponsor Marlboro that he was still capable of winning add something


Michael Schumacher - Schumacher's surprise re-entry to the sport was compared to Niki Lauda's return in 1982 aged 33 and Nigel Mansell's return in 1994 at age 41


Lauda won a third world championship in 1984 by half a point over teammate Alain Prost, due to only half points being awarded for the shortened 1984 Monaco Grand Prix add something


Alain Prost - The only exceptions were in 1984 when Niki Lauda won by half a point, and in Prost's first F1 season, when he was beaten by John Watson


Portuguese Grand Prix - In 21 October 1984, Portugal returned to the F1 calendar, ending the season, where Frenchman Alain Prost won the race but failed to win the Championship by half a point from his teammate, Austrian Niki Lauda who finished 2nd in the race


Lauda returned to running his airline, Lauda Air, on his second Formula One retirement in 1985 add something


He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993 and since 1996 has provided commentary on Grands Prix for Austrian and German television on RTL add something


Gerhard Berger - Niki Lauda persuaded Ferrari to bring Berger back to the Italian team in 1993 as Lauda felt Berger brought valuable experience with him from his partnership with Senna


After a share sale to majority partner Austrian Airlines in 1999, he managed the Jaguar Formula One racing team from 2001 to 2002 add something


Jaguar Racing - Results did not improve in 2001, and appointment of three-time FIA F1 World Champion Niki Lauda in the middle of the year did not help team morale, with the team sliding further back in the field


In late 2003, he started a new airline, Niki add something


Niki (airline) - In 2003 Niki Lauda acquired the former Aero Lloyd Austria operation


In 2008 he married Birgit, who was 30 years his junior and was formerly a flight attendant for his airline add something


In 2008, American sports television network ESPN ranked him 22nd on their top drivers of all-time add something


In September 2009 Birgit gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl add something


He was, however, rapped for calling Robert Kubica a "polack" on air in May 2010 at the Monaco Grand Prix add something


In September 2012 he was appointed non-executive chairman of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team add something


Lauda is played by Daniel Brühl in the 2013 Ron Howard film "Rush" about the 1976 Formula One season add something


In September 2013 the movie "Rush" will be released about the 1976 F1 battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt add something


In 2017 he is the Dark Mini character of "Minidrivers", the animated F1 video series add something


On 2 August 2018 it was announced that Lauda had succesfully undergone a lung transplant operation in his native Austria add something


Niki (airline) - On January 23 2018, the Austrian Press Agency announced that Niki Lauda's company Laudamotion had beaten IAG in the bid for Niki, and would take over the company


Niki (airline) - In January 2018, the airline was acquired by Lauda, an airline that had ties to Niki Lauda


On 20 May 2019, Lauda died in his sleep, aged 70, at the University Hospital of Zürich, where he had been undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney problems, following a period of ill health add something