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Formula 1 Legend Niki Lauda Dead at 70


Added 05-20-19 10:17:01pm EST - “Formula 1 racing legend Niki Lauda dead at 70.” - Tmz.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Tmz.com: “Formula 1 Legend Niki Lauda Dead at 70”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Lauda, considered one of F1's greatest drivers ever, died Monday ... nine months after undergoing surgery for a lung transplant. 

Niki won the F1 drivers' championship in 1975 and '77 with Ferrari and again in '84 with McLaren ... but he's most famous for crashing and catching fire in 1976 at the German Grand Prix.

Lauda was badly burned in the crash, but he made a miraculous recovery an returned to racing only 6 weeks later. 

Lauda's incredibly comeback after dodging death instantly made him the stuff of legend .. and his 1976 rivalry with British driver James Hunt was the plot line of the movie "Rush." 

Niki, who was born in Austria, had a tight working relationship with 5-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. Lauda was involved when Lewis signed with McClaren ahead of the 2013 racing season. 

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