Niki Lauda, the Austrian Formula 1 legend,dies aged 70 after a period of ill health

Mail Online | 7/18/1982 | Joe Middleton For Mailonline
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Formula One legend Niki Lauda who survived horrendous burns to become an airline entrepreneur has died aged 70, after a period of ill health.

Lauda won the F1 drivers' championship in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and again in 1984 with McLaren.

Grand - Prix - Return - Weeks

In 1976, he was badly burned when he crashed during the German Grand Prix, but made an astonishingly fast return to racing just six weeks later.

The comeback became the stuff of legend and his battle with Britain's James Hunt was the subject of the hit movie 'Rush.'

Lauda - Kidney - Transplants - Brother - Florian

Lauda has twice undergone kidney transplants, in 1997 and 2005. His brother Florian donated an organ for the first operation and his wife Brigit did the same for the second.

Journalist Thomas Meyer from Der Standard tweeted: 'Niki Lauda is dead! The legendary Formula One...
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