Niki Lauda, the Austrian Formula 1 legend, pass away at the age of 70, eight months after a lung transplant

Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family have confirmed.
Lauda, who won the F1 drivers' championship in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and again in 1984 with McLaren, passed away on Monday - eight months after undergoing a lung transplant.
He was considered one of the sport's greatest ever drivers and in 1976 was badly burned when he crashed during the German Grand Prix, but made an astonishingly fast return to racing just six weeks later.
In a statement, his family said: 'With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday.'
Walter Klepetko, a doctor who performed a lung transplant on Lauda last year, said: 'Niki Lauda has died. I have to confirm that.'
The McLaren Formula 1 team tweeted a tribute to Lauda on Tuesday, saying they were 'deeply saddened' at his death.
Born on February 22, 1949 into a wealthy Vienna industrial family, Nikolaus Andreas Lauda was expected to follow his father's footsteps into the paper-manufacturing industry, but instead concentrated his business talents and determination on his dreams of becoming a racing driver.

Lauda financed his early career with the help of a string of loans, working his way through the ranks of Formula 3 and Formula 2.
He made his Formula 1 debut for the March team at the 1971 Austrian Grand Prix and picked up his first points in 1973 with a fifth-place finish for BRM in Belgium.


By: VagabundoR1 (10522.06)

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