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Former F1 champion Niki Lauda is dying at the age of 70



Laud's death comes eight months after being subjected to lung transplantation.

Legend of Formula 1 Austrian Niki Lauda attends "race legend" at the Spielberg event on June 30, 2018, ahead of the Grand Prix Formula 1 Grand Prix. Image: AFP

Vienna – Legendary Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement published in the Austrian media on Tuesday.

"With deep sorrow we announce that our beloved Niki peacefully passed away with his family on Monday," the statement said.

Laud's death comes eight months after being subjected to lung transplantation.

"His unique achievements of athletes and entrepreneurs remain and remain unforgettable, his tireless desire for action, his immediacy and his courage remain," the statement added.

"As a pattern and benchmark for all of us, he was full of love and a caring husband, father and grandfather from the public, and he will be missed."

Lauda won the Formula One world championship three times, 1975 and 1977 for Ferrari and 1984 with McLaren.

"Everybody in McLaren is deeply sad when they learn that our friend, colleague and Formula One Formula One champion, Niki Lauda, ​​died." Niki will always be in our hearts and be trapped in our history. "RIPNiki," his former team verified their mission .

Lauda was a non-executive president of the Mercedes-Benz F1 since 2012 and was the key to the introduction of Levis Hamilton, who launched a series of successes that brought him five consecutive world championships of drivers and constructors.

During his career, Lauda suffered terrible injuries on August 1, 1976, when, having already won five races in that season, his vehicle set on fire at Nuerburgring, Germany.

He had severe burns on his face and hands and inhaled toxic vapors that damaged his lungs.

Despite receiving the latest rituals at the hospital, he made an almost miraculous recovery that he was only racing again six weeks later and is still too busy and intensely hurt.


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