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F1 star Niki Lauda's family reveal he died surrounded by
close relatives at Swiss clinic days after he was
hospitalised for dialysis - as tributes pour in for one of the sport's 'greatest legends'

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Posted By: DVC, 5/21/2019 8:37:09 PM

Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family has 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. The Austrian died at University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland surrounded by his closest family, a spokesman said, after he was reported to have gone in for dialysis treatment earlier this month. Lauda had two kidney transplants in his life - the first in 1997 with an organ donated by his brother, and then again in 2005 donated by his future wife Birgit Wetzinger,

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He was a really talented, brave driver in an era of fragile cars, dangerous tracks and very brave, fast drivers. I saw him race twice, but before he had worked his way up to the top teams. In his era, only Road & Track provided F1 coverage. The movie, "Rush" is a pretty decent look at F1 of that era. RIP, Niki. He was a fast driver and a nice guy. Not all of the top are nice guys.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: voxpopuli 5/21/2019 8:54:32 PM (No. 68485)
horrible crash.. talk about getting back on the horse that threw you..
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Reply 2 - Posted by: JediJerry 5/21/2019 9:01:59 PM (No. 68492)
We lost one if the greatest race car drivers of all time. Checkers flag at Heavens Gate and do a big burn out and donuts as you hit the winners circle. Rest In Peace.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pepper Tree 5/21/2019 11:05:07 PM (No. 68519)
Between the fiery crashes of Nikki Lauda and Emerson Fittipaldi (plus the longtime efforts of Jackie Stewart and others), Formula One finally put some effort into the safety of tracks and cars. Lauda and Fittipaldi were both walking testimonies to the lack of concern by track owners and F-1 governing committees. Stewart once pointed out that in any given racing season, one third of the drivers would either die or be crippled racing. Thanks to Stewart and Lauda standing up to the F-1 bosses, racing is now a lot safer.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 5/21/2019 11:18:44 PM (No. 68526)
I recently had another chat with Brian Redman, another survivor of the good old/bad old days of racing. He was showing me his long scar on his right forearm. He nearly lost that arm in an a 1968 Cooper F! car crash when the suspension broke and put him into a spectators car at very high speed. He was back driving early in 69, and I watched him at Daytona in a Porsche 908. He admitted that he was relieved that the car broke because his arm was hurting fiercely but he needed the ride. In those days he got $800 for a race. Even accounting for inflation the drivers make many tens of times that today. He was seriously burned at Targa Floria. To grasp what the Targa race was like watch this practice session video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKHnJ8kojKA I told him I was very glad that he survived the bad old days, and lamented so many others lost. You could see in his eyes even last Sept that it still haunts him to have lost so many friends. Here he reprises at a US vintage car "race" (semi-race) in the car he won at Targa with back in the day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsf8S3qgwX8
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pepper Tree 5/21/2019 11:40:36 PM (No. 68534)
Please forgive 2nd post. I saw Brian Redman win the first Long Beach Grand Prix in 1975, #4. Also saw the exhibition race afterward with the greats Sterling Moss and Graham Hill.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna 5/22/2019 5:44:53 AM (No. 68634)
I saw the 1975 Long Beach GP also. Got free tickets from my Alfa Romeo dealer in Newport. Never though Alfa would come back after they left us all hanging out without parts or service for 40 years. I still have that old Alfetta but it has rotted down to almost nothing.
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