Lauda refers to Niki Lauda, a legendary Austrian Formula One racing driver. He was born on February 22, 1949, in Vienna, Austria, and passed away on May 20, 2019, in Zurich, Switzerland. Lauda is considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One.
Niki Lauda won the Formula One World Championship three times, in 1975, 1977, and 1984. He competed for several teams during his career, including Ferrari, Brabham, and McLaren. Lauda's rivalry with British driver James Hunt during the 1976 season is particularly famous, as it was depicted in the movie "Rush" released in 2013.
Lauda's career was marked by his exceptional driving skills and his remarkable comeback after a near-fatal accident in 1976. During the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, Lauda suffered severe burns and lung damage in a fiery crash. However, he returned to racing just six weeks later, showing immense determination and resilience.
Niki Lauda retired from Formula One in 1985 but remained involved in the sport as an advisor, team owner, and television commentator. He also served as the non-executive chairman of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team from 2012 until his death in 2019.
Lauda's contribution to motorsport and his inspiring story have left a lasting legacy in Formula One, and he is remembered as one of the sport's most iconic figures.
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