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Niki Lauda, 3 Times World Driver’s Title holder

Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda was an Austrian Formula One driver and a three-time F1 World Drivers title holder.

Niki suffered serious burns in a racing accident in 1976 at the Nürburgring and famously returned to racing after six weeks with his burns still heavily bandaged.

Following his racing career, Niki established the very successful Lauda Air, an airline that flew for 30 plus years before being sold and merged into Austrian air.

Niki held a leadership role as non-executive chairman of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team and headed up the negotiations to sign Lewis Hamilton to a three-year deal with Mercedes in 2013. He died in 2019 following complications from a lung transplant. 

Niki has written a number of books and his story is told in a number of movies.

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Andrew Burden

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