Niki Lauda

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Date of Birth February 22, 1949
Place of Birth Vienna, Austria
Date of Death May 20, 2019 (70)
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Niki Lauda

Andreas Nikolaus Lauda was an Austrian Formula One driver, a three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984, and an aviation entrepreneur. He is the only driver in F1 history to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren, the sport's two most successful constructors. He is widely considered one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. As an aviation entrepreneur, he founded and ran three airlines: Lauda Air, Niki, and Lauda. He was a Bombardier Business Aircraft brand ambassador. He was also a consultant for Scuderia Ferrari and team manager of the Jaguar Formula One racing team for two years. Afterwards, he worked as a pundit for German TV during Grand Prix weekends and acted as non-executive chairman of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, of which Lauda owned 10%.

Born: Andreas Nikolaus Lauda, February 22, 1949, Vienna, Austria
Died: May 20, 2019, Zürich, Switzerland
Nationality: Austrian
Active years: 1971–1979, 1982–1985
Teams: March, BRM, Ferrari, Brabham, McLaren
Entries: 177 (171 starts)
Championships: 3 (1975, 1977, 1984)
Wins: 25
Podiums: 54
Career points: 420.5
Pole positions: 24
Fastest laps: 24
First entry: 1971 Austrian Grand Prix
First win: 1974 Spanish Grand Prix
Last win: 1985 Dutch Grand Prix
Last entry: 1985 Australian Grand Prix
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About Niki Lauda

Austrian Formula One racer who won three F1 World Championships in 1975, 1977, and 1984. He became the first driver in F1 history to have been a champion for both Ferrari and McLaren. Also an aviation entrepreneur, he founded three airlines.

Before Fame

He was raised by a wealthy Austrian family who disapproved of his choice of racing as a career.


The story of his duel with James Hunt was made into an American movie called Rush, directed by Ron Howard and released in 2013.

Family Life

He was married to Marlene Knaus from 1976 to 1991. They raised two sons, Mathias and Lukas. Mathias became a professional racer and Lukas became Mathias's manager. Niki married Birgit Wetzinger in 2008. The couple welcomed twins in 2009, a boy and a girl.


He and reckless British racer James Hunt had a legendary rivalry in the 1970s.

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