Niki Lauda, the former Formula 1 world champion passed away yesterday. Niki’s family informed the press that he died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. Lauda had a lung transplant 8 months ago, after which his health was always a bit low. Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda was his full name, born in 1949, he lived a life of 70 years.
RIP Austrian Legend
Niki Lauda was considered a legend in Austria, one of the most famous F1 drivers of all time in the world. Niki’s lifelong dream was to become a racecar driver, but his family never supported him. He took a loan against his family wished and pursued his passion to become the greatest F1 driver of all time. The life of Niki Lauda will be an inspiration to everyone, he was truly a great man and will always be remembered.
Niki Lauda was the inspiration for Rush Movie
The 2013 Hollywood movie Rush was based on the life of Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth played the respective roles in the movie directed by Ron Howard. It was based on 1976 Formula 1 motor racing season where Lauda had an accident and was burned severely. Still, he made a surprising comeback after 6 weeks and won the next championship while recovering from the injury.
Niki Lauda, the 3 times World Champion
Niki Lauda has won the F1 championship title 3 times in the year 1975, 1977 and 1984. The first two titles were won for Ferrari while the third for McLaren. Niki Lauda also helped Lewis Hamilton, the current Formula 1 champion to join the Mercedes team.
"A lot of people criticize Formula 1 as an unnecessary risk. But what would life be like if we only did what is necessary?"
– Niki Lauda
Formula one legend dies at 70 #RIPNikiLauda #NikiLauda #F1 pic.twitter.com/Doj3n5rz1C
— Jyotsna Kumar (@JyotsnaKumar13) May 21, 2019
One of the legends of the sport . Escaped death once and that's more then most . #RIPNikiLauda #f1🏎🏎🏎🏎🏎 pic.twitter.com/FzEIyAzgbc
— Shan Rathnasooriya 🇱🇰 (@Mr6feet) May 21, 2019
"A race isn't won until it's over."
– Niki Lauda
You will be missed champ. #RIPNikiLauda pic.twitter.com/G9KPRe9NcN
— Isma Prada (@Ismaprada) May 21, 2019
A legend, warrior and fighter until the end.
He raced in a very dangerous era. His bravery to return after the fire was incredible. A three-time world champion.
Niki, you will be missed by the F1 community. My thoughts are with your family and friends. #RIPNikiLauda pic.twitter.com/OvL1GSdvMC
— James 🇮🇪 (@JOC__1991) May 21, 2019
Devastated to wake up to the sad news that @F1 legend Niki Lauda has passed away.
RIP to a true gentleman and one of the bravest and best racing drivers we’ll ever see! #RIPNikiLauda #F1 pic.twitter.com/nxF0lZfdit
— Philip Docherty (@PhilipDocherty) May 21, 2019
Very sad day in motor sport history.#RIPNikiLauda #youllbemissed pic.twitter.com/tuuX9ffw1x
— Marc Pritzen (@MarcPritzen) May 21, 2019
Niki Lauda was an inspiration for all, and people all over the world will miss the legend. May his soul rest in peace and we have our deepest apologies and are with his family in this hard time.