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Niki Lauda

Auto Racer Niki Lauda

Profession: Auto Racer

Nationality:
Austria
Austrian

Why Famous: Formula 1 world champion in 1975, 1977 and 1984.

Born: February 22, 1949
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: May 20, 2019 (aged 70)
Cause of Death: Kidney problems

Historical Events

  • 1975-10-05 Austrian Niki Lauda wins the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 19.5 points from Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil
  • 1976-08-01 Reigning world F1 champion Niki Lauda of Austria suffers a near fatal crash during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
  • 1976-10-24 English McLaren driver James Hunt finishes 4th in the season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Niki Lauda
  • 1977-10-02 Austrian Ferrari driver Niki Lauda finishes 4th in the US Grand Prix East at Watkins Glen to clinch his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; Englishman James Hunt wins the race
  • 1977-10-23 Despite not driving in season ending Japanese Grand Prix, Austrian Niki Lauda wins his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from Jody Scheckter of South Africa
  • 1984-10-21 Austrian Ferrari driver Niki Lauda becomes a 3-time Formula 1 World Drivers champion when he finishes 2nd in the season ending Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril; wins title by just 0.5 from Alain Prost

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