"It is with deep sadness that we announce that our dear Niki passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019, surrounded by his family." With those words the environment of the three-time Formula 1 world champion, Niki Lauda, announced his passing.
Lauda, a circuit legend in the 1970s and 1980s, narrowly escaped death in 1976 when he was involved in an accident during the German Grand Prix. His car caught fire after a runway exit.
It marked the history of his discipline, which he chose against the will of his wealthy father, being meticulous in his preparation and determined at the wheel.
Also passionate about aviation, in 1979 he founded his airline, Lauda Air, which was sold to Austrian Airlines in 2002.
“His unique successes, as an athlete and entrepreneur, are and will continue to be unforgettable. His tireless dynamism, his honesty and his courage continue to be an example and a reference for us ”, stressed the family.
“Outside of public life, he was a caring and caring husband, father and grandfather. We will miss him very much ", Anadio.