Legendary F1 Racer Niki Lauda Passes Away

Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda who underwent a lung transplant in August passed away at the age of 70. Niki Lauda has one of the best figures in the history of Formula One having won the championship in 1975 and 1977 for Ferrari and in 1984 for McLaren.

However, he will be widely remembered for his remarkable recovery to racing post the car crash in Germany in 1976. On 1st August 1976, his formula one car burst into flames causing third-degree burns to his head and face, with the toxic gases he inhaled damaging his lungs. The hospital where he was being treated saw no hope but he made a miraculous recovery and returned to race with bandages just forty days later.
After he retired from racing, he became an airline entrepreneur and a non-executive chairman for the Mercedes team and was instumental in bringing in Lewis Hamilton who went on to win five world championships.
The racer did not have the best health as he has previously had two kidney transplants before the liver transplant in August 2018. Earlier this year, he was admitted in the hospital as he was suffering from influenza.
Lauda leaves behind his wife with whom he had twins in 2009, and three sons from previous relationships.

-Nitasha Silesh
Pic courtesy: Official Instagram account of McLaren