Niki Lauda

1949-02-22 - 2019-05-20 (age 70)


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Ranked! Niki Lauda’s top 10 Formula 1 drives

Austrian Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda was a three-time world champion who enjoyed a remarkable career that included 25 victories from 171 world championship F1 starts. Lauda, who died in 2019, left an indelible mark on the sport, and here we look back at his 10 greatest F1 drives.

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Prime

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

Race of my life: Niki Lauda on the 1984 Portuguese GP

Niki Lauda chose his 1984 Portuguese Grand Prix charge from 11th on the grid to second as his 'Race of my life' for Autosport in 1993. One year on from his death and in the week begins its new Race of My Life podcast series, we revisit Lauda's recollections of the event in which the Austrian clinched his third world championship

Lauda named Personality of the Year at FIA prize-giving

The late Niki Lauda was honoured with the Personality of the Year Award at the end-of-season FIA Prize Gala in Paris on Friday night.

F1 figures pay respects at Lauda funeral

Big names from the world of motorsport and beyond gathered at St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna on Wednesday for the funeral of Niki Lauda, who passed away in Zurich last week.

Hamilton: I'd be one-time champion without Lauda

Lewis Hamilton believes he would only be a one-time Formula 1 world champion if not for Niki Lauda, after talking through the Mercedes chief's death for the first time.

Lauda sadness won't affect Hamilton's focus, says Stewart

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Jackie Stewart has no doubts that Lewis Hamilton will be able to switch off from his sadness over the death of Niki Lauda and perform at his best in Monaco this weekend.

How Lauda shaped the dominant Mercedes machine Prime

How Lauda shaped the dominant Mercedes machine

While many of the measures that gave Mercedes a headstart in 2014 were in place when Niki Lauda arrived, the knowledge he gained, then imparted, over more than four decades in F1 helped transform the team into the dominant force it is today

The full extent of the void left by Lauda

Niki Lauda's death was always going to hit Mercedes hard, but it required an emotional address from Toto Wolff to lay bare the grief the team is experiencing after losing its non-executive chairman

Vettel explains why he handwrote letter to ill Lauda in 2018

Sebastian Vettel says his “no-brainer” decision to write a letter to Niki Lauda when the three-time Formula 1 champion fell ill last year was done out of “respect”.

Marko: Loss of "constant companion" Lauda hard to take

Helmut Marko says the death of his “constant companion” three-time Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda is made “all the more painful” by their close friendship.

Obituary: Niki Lauda, 1949-2019

The word “legend” is used far too often, but there’s no doubt that it should be applied to Niki Lauda.

Niki Lauda passes away aged 70

Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda has passed away, aged 70.

Dirty Dozen: F1’s most toxic teammates – ranked!

Ever since racing teams ran more than one car, each driver’s best gauge of performance has been their teammate. While some have managed to coexist in harmony, many took another route – turning competition into conflict. Here, we rank the Top 12 most toxic Formula 1 driver pairings in history…

Lauda was only days away from death, say doctors

Doctors who carried out Niki Lauda’s lung transplant say his life expectancy without the operation was mere days or weeks.

Vienna hospital says Lauda showing “continuous improvement”

The hospital treating three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has released more details about his condition following a lung transplant. 

Doctors satisfied with Lauda progress after lung transplant

The doctors who operated on three-time F1 world champion Niki Lauda say he is making good progress in a Vienna hospital after his lung transplant on Thursday.

F1's grid girl ban a "decision against women" - Lauda

Niki Lauda has called for Formula 1 chiefs to reconsider the ban on grid girls, saying the move does no "favours" for women.

Lauda taunts Marko for rushing Verstappen’s Red Bull F1 deal

Mercedes’ non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has told Red Bull’s Helmut Marko that he “would have saved money” if he’d spoken to him before re-signing Max Verstappen to a long-term Formula 1 deal.

33 world champions of Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth Formula 1 title in Mexico, equalling the tally of Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel. But who else have been crowned champion in the past?

Lauda questions Vettel's "aggressive" move on Hamilton

Mercedes F1 chairman Niki Lauda has questioned Sebastian Vettel's “aggressive manoeuvre” that led to the German clashing with Lewis Hamilton at the start of the Mexican Grand Prix.

Lauda: Mercedes must make car "easier" for Bottas

Niki Lauda says Mercedes must make its Formula 1 car easier for Valtteri Bottas to drive, following the Finn’s slump in form since the August summer break.

Verstappen penalty call "the worst I've ever seen" - Lauda

Mercedes Formula 1 chairman Niki Lauda has labelled the call to penalise Max Verstappen in the United States Grand Prix as the worst decision he’s ever seen.

PREMIUM: How Niki Lauda won F1's closest-ever title battle Prime

PREMIUM: How Niki Lauda won F1's closest-ever title battle

The 1984 F1 title fight remains the only season where the winning margin for the champion was less than a point. Niki Lauda reveals how he denied his much-faster teammate Alain Prost a first world crown…

30 fastest qualifying laps in F1 history

Only once has a driver broken the 1m barrier in qualifying. We compile a list of the fastest ever qualifying times set in F1's history.

Lauda "surprised a lot" by Bottas victory

Niki Lauda has admitted Valtteri Bottas's maiden Formula 1 win in the Russian Grand Prix "surprised me a lot".

Rosberg: I’d prefer Alonso to have replaced me at Mercedes

Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg says he’d have preferred Fernando Alonso to replace him as Lewis Hamilton’s 2017 teammate at Mercedes, but admitted that the move “wouldn’t work”.

Lauda: "Rosberg gave Mercedes no time for a back-up plan"

Mercedes' non-executive chairman Niki Lauda admitted he was unhappy with the timing of Nico Rosberg's announcement, saying the retiring champion didn't give his team enough notice to prepare a "Plan B".

Lauda says Hamilton's tactics were doomed to fail

Niki Lauda has questioned Lewis Hamilton’s backing up tactics in Abu Dhabi, saying that the Briton had no chance of pushing Nico Rosberg back to fourth place.

McLaren celebrates its Formula 1 heroes and history with 50th anniversary campaign – video

An online video film charts some of the pivotal moments in the McLaren's history

Top 10 photos of the week: 2016-05-04

Your weekly dose of top 10 photos from around the world, shot by the award-winning photographers and contributors.

Rosberg blames engine deficiency, Lauda disagrees with him

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has disagreed with driver Nico Rosberg over the cause of the German’s lack of pace that restricted him to fourth place on the grid for the Italian Grand Prix.

Film Review: Lauda: The Untold Story reviews the latest cinematic offering aimed at motor racing aficionados - Hannes M. Schalle's documentary Lauda: The Untold Story.

Rosberg admits he underestimated Vettel

Nico Rosberg admits he underestimated Sebastian Vettel after he was beaten by the Ferrari driver in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Why Nico Rosberg is fighting a losing battle

The fight for supremacy at Mercedes is nearly over after three races, argues Kate Walker.

Hamilton did nothing wrong – Lauda

Lewis Hamilton was simply better than Nico Rosberg during the Chinese GP, according to Mercedes non-executive chairman and former F1 world champion Niki Lauda.

Vettel and Ferrari too close for comfort – Lauda

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Niki Lauda has admitted that his team cannot afford to make any mistakes in today's Chinese Grand Prix, as Ferrari is now so close to its race pace.

"Egocentric" Alonso was bad for Ferrari – Lauda

Fernando Alonso was bad for the Ferrari Formula 1 team because he was too egocentric and critical, according to three-time world champion Niki Lauda.

Pirelli: Formula One heads to China with medium and soft tyres

Once again, after Malaysia, tyre strategy is set to be crucial also in the cooler conditions of Shanghai.

Malaysian Grand Prix: News round-up

All the news from the Malaysian Grand Prix, the second round of the 2015 season.

Lauda: “Vettel is not boring any more!”

Niki Lauda made no excuses as he said that Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel simply did a better job than Mercedes to win the Malaysian Grand Prix – and quipped that the German, who won four world titles with Red Bull, is "not boring any more!"

Wolff: Vettel win the "wake-up call we needed”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says that Sebastian Vettel's first win for Ferrari was "deserved" and that "perhaps it's the wake-up call we needed."

Lauda: German GP axe "sad" but inevitable

Niki Lauda has described the official demise of Mercedes' home race this year as "sad".

Mercedes hits back at Red Bull criticism

Mercedes chiefs have lashed back at those calling for immediate rule changes after the opening race of 2015.

Mercedes will not totally dominate 2015 - Lauda

Mercedes should see some challenges according to Niki Lauda.

Talks continue over future 1000bhp plans for F1

Formula One is still heading towards 1000bhp engines in 2017, although discussions will continue following yesterday's Strategy Group meeting.

Force India say rejected Marussia bid lacked substance

Marussia's application to run their 2014 car this season was rejected by the F1 Strategy Group because it lacked substance and had compliance issues, according to Force India team principal Robert Fernley.

Lauda puts on red sweater for Ferrari 'surprise'

Ferrari is emerging from crisis and turmoil to become perhaps Mercedes' biggest threat for the 2015 title.

Defined by competition

To be a champion in iracing is no easy task.

Hamilton, Dennis say Alonso not Mercedes-bound

Lewis Hamilton and Ron Dennis have dismissed speculation Fernando Alonso could be planning to spoil their respective plans.

Ricciardo: 1000bhp 'would be awesome!'

The idea is gaining traction within F1 and is backed by thousands of eager fans.

Vettel pondered F1 exit amid career crisis - Horner

Before making the radical switch to Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel contemplated simply quitting Formula One.

Ferrari boss wants to see a 'revolution' in F1 rules for 2017

Maurizio Arrivabene stresses that the sport has to maintain the public's interest.

Aston Martin enters full works team in Daytona 24 Hours

In last weekend’s ROAR before 24 – the Daytona 24 Hours official test session – the team started strongly.

Dominant Mercedes 'stressed' ahead of 2015 - Lauda

Although Mercedes utterly dominated in 2014, team chairman Niki Lauda is still looking into the new season with trepidation.

How will the 2014 Formula 1 season be remembered?

From a great rivalry and brand new regulations to the life threatening accident of Jules Bianchi and the financial demise of two will you look back on 2014?

F1 engine makers to meet in Geneva

Mercedes, Renault, Ferrari and newcomer Honda - will get together in Swiss.

Top 20 moments of 2014, #5: Marussia/Caterham give new meaning to money problems

Looking back of the top 20 moments of 2014, the struggles of Marussia and Caterham cannot be overlooked.