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Austrian
22 February 1949 (70)
George Constantine (22 February 1918)
Marshall Teague (22 February 1921)
Jesús Iglesias (22 February 1922)
Timmy Mayer (22 February 1938)

statistics

25 (14.4%)
54 (31%)
24 (13.8%)
3 (23.1%)
1st
13
174
170
420.5 (2.4 points per race avg)
83 (47.7%)
1971 Austrian Grand Prix
1985 Australian Grand Prix

about Niki Lauda

Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda (born 22 February 1949) is an Austrian former Formula One driver and a three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984. He is currently the only driver to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren, the sport's two most successful constructors. More recently an aviation entrepreneur, he has founded and run two airlines (Lauda Air and Niki). He is also 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. He is currently working as a pundit for German TV during Grand Prix weekends and acts as non-executive chairman of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team. Lauda owns 10% of the team.

Lauda was seriously injured in a crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, during which his Ferrari burst into flames and he came close to death after inhaling hot toxic fumes and suffering severe burns. However, he survived, and recovered enough to race again just six weeks later at the Italian Grand Prix.


source: Wikipedia

seasons

1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985,

finishing positions

grid positions

wins

# event constructor
1 1974 Jarama round 4 Ferrari
2 1974 Circuit Park Zandvoort round 8 Ferrari
3 1975 Circuit de Monaco round 5 Ferrari
4 1975 Zolder round 6 Ferrari
5 1975 Scandinavian Raceway round 7 Ferrari
6 1975 Circuit Paul Ricard round 9 Ferrari
7 1975 Watkins Glen round 14 Ferrari
8 1976 Autódromo José Carlos Pace round 1 Ferrari
9 1976 Kyalami round 2 Ferrari
10 1976 Zolder round 5 Ferrari
11 1976 Circuit de Monaco round 6 Ferrari
12 1976 Brands Hatch round 9 Ferrari
13 1977 Kyalami round 3 Ferrari
14 1977 Hockenheimring round 11 Ferrari
15 1977 Circuit Park Zandvoort round 13 Ferrari
16 1978 Scandinavian Raceway round 8 Brabham
17 1978 Autodromo Nazionale di Monza round 14 Brabham
18 1982 Long Beach round 3 McLaren
19 1982 Brands Hatch round 10 McLaren
20 1984 Kyalami round 2 McLaren
21 1984 Dijon-Prenois round 5 McLaren
22 1984 Brands Hatch round 10 McLaren
23 1984 A1-Ring round 12 McLaren
24 1984 Autodromo Nazionale di Monza round 14 McLaren
25 1985 Circuit Park Zandvoort round 11 McLaren

pole positions

# event constructor
1 1974 Kyalami round 3 Ferrari
2 1974 Jarama round 4 Ferrari
3 1974 Circuit de Monaco round 6 Ferrari
4 1974 Circuit Park Zandvoort round 8 Ferrari
5 1974 Dijon-Prenois round 9 Ferrari
6 1974 Brands Hatch round 10 Ferrari
7 1974 Nürburgring round 11 Ferrari
8 1974 A1-Ring round 12 Ferrari
9 1974 Autodromo Nazionale di Monza round 13 Ferrari
10 1975 Montjuïc round 4 Ferrari
11 1975 Circuit de Monaco round 5 Ferrari
12 1975 Zolder round 6 Ferrari
13 1975 Circuit Park Zandvoort round 8 Ferrari
14 1975 Circuit Paul Ricard round 9 Ferrari
15 1975 Nürburgring round 11 Ferrari
16 1975 A1-Ring round 12 Ferrari
17 1975 Autodromo Nazionale di Monza round 13 Ferrari
18 1975 Watkins Glen round 14 Ferrari
19 1976 Zolder round 5 Ferrari
20 1976 Circuit de Monaco round 6 Ferrari
21 1976 Brands Hatch round 9 Ferrari
22 1977 Long Beach round 4 Ferrari
23 1977 A1-Ring round 12 Ferrari
24 1978 Kyalami round 3 Brabham

teams & teammates

season teammate
1971 Ronnie Peterson
Henri Pescarolo
John Love
Alex Soler-Roig
Skip Barber
François Mazet
Max Jean
Nanni Galli
Mike Beuttler
Jean-Pierre Jarier
March-Ford compare 1971
1972 Ronnie Peterson
Henri Pescarolo
Rolf Stommelen
Carlos Pace
Mike Beuttler
Skip Barber
March compare 1972
1973 Clay Regazzoni
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Peter Gethin
BRM compare 1973
1974 Clay Regazzoni
Ferrari compare 1974
1975 Clay Regazzoni
Ferrari compare 1975
1976 Clay Regazzoni
Carlos Reutemann
Ferrari compare 1976
1977 Carlos Reutemann
Gilles Villeneuve
Ferrari compare 1977
1978 John Watson
Nelson Piquet
Brabham compare 1978
1979 Nelson Piquet
Ricardo Zunino
Brabham-Alfa Romeo compare 1979
1982 John Watson
McLaren compare 1982
1983 John Watson
McLaren compare 1983
1984 Alain Prost
McLaren compare 1984
1985 Alain Prost
John Watson
McLaren compare 1985

news

The three-time World Champion, who is a non-executive chairman of Mercedes, had been taken ill while on a family holiday in Ibiza over the Christmas period.<br>He was admitted to the AKH hospital in Vienna, where he had undergone a lung transplant last summer, so he could be observed closely to ensure there were no further complications.<br>With his condition having improved, Walter Klepetko, head ...

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Lauda, who turns 70 on February 22, was on a family holiday in Ibiza when he became ill.<br>It’s understood that the decision to take him to hospital was made purely as a precaution given his sensitivity to infection following his recent lung operation, and that there is no cause for alarm.<br>The Austrian, who turns 70 on February 22, underwent a lung transplant back in August, spending two ...

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Vettel finished runner-up to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the world championship after several high-profile mistakes and Ferrari's own struggles led to him being defeated for a second year in a row.<br>Lauda, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport in his first interview since the lung transplant that saved his life, backed Vettel to emerge as a major threat to Hamilton in 2019 and revealed he received ...

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The three-time F1 world champion, who is non-executive chairman at Mercedes, was taken ill earlier this year and had to undergo major surgery that left him in a serious condition. Having left hospital last month there had been some talk of him being well enough to travel to Abu Dhabi this weekend for the F1 season finale, but in the end he has elected to remain at home. However, in a video ...

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Lauda had surgery at Austria’s AKH Vienna hospital at the start of August after falling ill while on holiday in Ibiza. On Wednesday, just over two and a half months since Lauda’s transplant, the hospital confirmed the non-executive chairman of the Mercedes Formula 1 team had been allowed to leave in good condition.  It said Lauda would now undergo “intensive rehabilitation” that ...

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Three-time F1 world champion Lauda is now expected to make a full recovery following the surgery in Vienna’s General Hospital in Austria last week. A total of seven specialists today provided detailed information on the circumstances that led to his emergency operation. Marco Idzko, head of the hospital’s division of pulmonology, explained: “Mr Lauda suffered from a so-called ... ...

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Lauda is making good progress in Austria’s AHK Vienna hospital after undergoing surgery on August 2.  Minimal information has been released since then other than to confirm a positive start to Lauda’s recovery, and insist that this was not a legacy of the lung injuries sustained by Lauda in his fiery Nordschleife crash in 1976.  On Monday a statement released by the Austrian general ... ...

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Lauda underwent surgery in Austria after falling ill while on holiday in Ibiza. He was flown by private jet to AKH Vienna hospital, where he remains in intensive care while he recovers. One of the doctors who operated on him, Walter Klepetko, told Austrian broadcaster ORF: “Everything is currently going very well and we are very satisfied.” Klepetko, who is the hospital’s head of ... ...

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Lauda underwent surgery in Austria after falling ill while on holiday in Ibiza. He was flown by private jet to AKH Vienna hospital, where he remains in intensive care while he recovers. One of the doctors who operated on him, Walter Klepetko, told Austrian broadcaster ORF: “Everything is currently going very well and we are very satisfied.” Klepetko, who is the hospital’s head of ... ...

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Lauda, 69, is a non-executive chairman of the Mercedes Formula 1 team, and owns a percentage of the reigning F1 world champions. He was reportedly taken ill while on holiday in Ibiza recently, and flew to Vienna for treatment for a “severe cough”. Lauda suffered lung injuries in his fiery crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring that almost cost him his life. He inhaled toxic ... ...

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Lauda, 69, is a non-executive chairman of the Mercedes Formula 1 team, and owns a percentage of the reigning F1 world champions. He was reportedly taken ill while on holiday in Ibiza recently, and flew to Vienna for treatment for a “severe cough”. Lauda suffered lung injuries in his fiery crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring that almost cost him his life. He inhaled toxic ... ...

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Kimi Raikkonen tipped Lewis Hamilton into a spin at the start of the British Grand Prix on Sunday, after Sebastian Vettel did the same to Valtteri Bottas in France two weeks ago.Hamilton dropped to last but charged back to second at his home race.Mercedes non-executive chairman Lauda told Motorsport.com: "Lewis did an incredible job today, no question about it. Everything was going ...

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Vettel locked up going into Turn 1 and collided with the back of Bottas, hitting the Finn's left rear tyre and pitching the Mercedes off the track and into a spin.The FIA looked at the incident and ruled that Vettel was guilty of causing the crash, handing the German a five-second penalty that he served at his second pitstop.But after Vettel was able to recover to finish fifth – two ...

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The Red Bull teammates both retired on the spot after Ricciardo ran into the back of Verstappen on the brakes for Turn 1, in a race where they had already had several moments of wheel-to-wheel racing and had already touched wheels once.The FIA reprimanded both drivers for the clash, and while Lauda accepted Ricciardo was partly at fault, he felt Verstappen was more responsible for the ...

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History tends to paint him as the wily pragmatist who calculated his way to a pair of Ferrari world titles in the mid 1970s - a kind of prototype Michael Schumacher.Those labels alone do Niki Lauda a monumental disservice, however. Clinical? Oh yes, certainly. But also searingly fast - a match for anyone at his mid-decade zenith, and almost certainly on a curve that was still ...

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F1 owner Liberty Media announced earlier this week that it was to drop the tradition of using grid girls because the concept no longer fitted in with the sport’s new ‘brand’ image.The decision prompted huge controversy, with the issue grabbing newspaper headlines and becoming a major talking point on television and radio.But Lauda, who is non-executive chairman of ...

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The three-time world champion last week beat off British Airways owner IAG to successfully retake control of the Niki airline, which he founded in 2003 and had sold to the now defunct Air Berlin in 2011.While Lauda's buyout suggests fresh plans to make a success of his airline, he is adamant that his focus will not be diverted away from what he has done in assisting Mercedes win four ...

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For more than 40 years Niki Lauda has been one of the most prominent characters in the F1 paddock. From humble beginnings as a pay driver at BRM, he rose to become one of the sport's superstars, leading a stellar period in Ferrari's history.After dominating the 1975 season, he was heading for back-to-back titles in '76 before he suffered one of the worst accidents captured on film, at ...

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Appearing together in a show on Austrian broadcaster Servus TV, Lauda said that Mercedes “never talked” to Verstappen about switching teams, and that Red Bull’s rush to re-sign the Dutchman caused it to pay more than it needed to.Red Bull swooped to sign Verstappen up to a long-term contract before Austin, amid fears that Mercedes could try to lure him away.Speculation about such a ...

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Lauda hit out at Liberty over the Brazilian GP weekend claiming he was "worried" for the sport's future because he had seen no evidence that the new owners were putting in place what F1 needed to become more successful.His remarks came against the backdrop of a dispute over future engine rules, and concerns from some teams about an unprecedented fall in commercial rights ...

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Amid the background of tensions between teams and Liberty over future engine rules and a drop in the commercial rights income they are receiving, Lauda does not believe that the direction F1 appears to be heading in is right."I'm worried,” said Lauda in an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetto dello Sport.“It was right that the American ...

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Pole-sitter Vettel was passed by the Red Bull of Max Verstappen round the outside of the first corner on the opening lap, and was forced wide in the battle – which allowed Hamilton through as well.But Vettel clipped Hamilton's right-rear on the exit of Turn 3, damaging his own front wing and giving the Briton a puncture.After both pitted early, Vettel fought through the pack to ...

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Bottas won two grands prix during the first part of the F1 season, but hasn’t out-qualified teammate Lewis Hamilton since July’s Hungarian GP, and endured another difficult time at last weekend’s US Grand Prix – qualifying nearly half a second adrift before finishing a distant fifth.Bottas has delivered flashes of pace and some strong stints in races since August, but has struggled ...

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Red Bull driver Verstappen was given a five-second penalty after passing the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen down the inside of COTA's Turn 17 on the last lap of the race.This dropped him back from third to fourth, as he had been deemed to have gained an advantage by putting all four wheels off-track.Reacting to the penalty, Lauda said: "This decision is the worst I’ve ever seen. He ...

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