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Lauda, Nikolaus Niki
Niki Lauda. Photo.
Lauda, Nikolaus (Niki), b. Vienna, Feb. 22, 1949, racing driver, pilot and entrepreneur; grandson of Hans Lauda. From 1971 in Formula I, 1975 Formula I world champion (Ferrari); serious accident Aug. 1, 1976 on the Nürburg Ring, but returned to racing again 30 days later; 1977 again Formula I world champion (Ferrari). 1979 retired from Formula I racing and founded Lauda Air; 1981 returned to racing, 1984 won his 3rd Formula I world championship (McLaren). Altogether 25 Grand-Prix victories. Finally retired from motor racing in 1985, 1992-1997 Ferrari consultant, exclusively with Lauda Air until 2000, since 2001 racing manager for Jaguar.
Works: Protokoll. Meine Jahre bei Ferrari, 1977; Die neue Formel 1, 1981; Meine Story, 1985; Das dritte Leben, 1996 (autobiography).
Literature: H. Völker, N. L. - Formel 1, 1975.