Three time Formula 1 world Champion and a staple of the modern Mercedes team, Niki Lauda, has passed away at the age of 70.

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Lauda was a maverick of Formula 1 and he proved this after his infamous crash in 1976, which almost killed him. He walked away from the carnage but not without severe burns to his head and inhaling toxic vapours, caused by the intense heat and fire, which ignited on impact.

Niki Lauda boasts some impressive career statistics.
• He won 3 world championships in 1975, 1976 and 1984
• 25 Career wins
• 54 Podiums
• 24 Pole Posistions
• 24 Fastest Laps
• 171 Race Starts

Lauda went on to have success outside Formula 1 after his retirement in 1985 but he didn’t stay away for long.

1993 saw him return to the sport after he was offered a consulting role with Ferrari.

In 2001 he took over the team principle role at Jaguar, before becoming redundant in 2002.

By the modern era of F1, Niki Lauda has been with Mercedes AMG since 2012, as a non-executive chairman and a regular face amongst the F1 paddock

Niki Lauda passed away peacefully in his sleep, his family also released the following statement:

“His achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable, his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain.

“A role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public, and he will be missed.”

Lauda family, on the life and legacy of Niki Lauda

RIP Niki Lauda 1949 – 2019