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‘Formula One’ Legend: Niki Lauda dies at 70

‘Formula One’ Legend: Niki Lauda dies at 70

Formula One legend Niki Lauda, one of the greatest racing drivers in history, has died at age 70.

The racer had long struggled with health problems after a horrific crash during a race more than four decades ago that disfigured him for life.

In 1976, at the Germany Grand Prix in the Nurburgring track, Lauda lost control of his Ferrari car and crashed into a fence at a speed of 200km an hour.

A perfectionist and born competitor, Lauda did not only go on living, he went on to compete again - and won multiple times.

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 was the only driver in F1 history to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren, the sport's two most successful constructors.

By the time the Austrian ended his racing career in 1985, he had competed in 171 Formula One races, winning 25 of them and standing on the podium 54 times.

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