The F1 has lost one of its most legendary champions:
Niki Lauda has officially left his fans Monday, May 20, in a Swiss clinic. He was 70 years old and from the day of the tragic accident on August 1, 1976, when his Ferrari caught fire during a race, he tirelessly continued to struggle for life and for his great passion, F1. They were the family members to report the fact: "With deep sorrow we announce the passing away of our beloved Niki. His unique achievements as a sportsman and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable".
Niki was born in Vienna on February 22, 1945. It 'was champion of the F1 world in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and then in 1984 with McLaren. He founded and directed two areas and from 2012 companies was executive chairman of the German team Mercedes AMG F1. He was nicknamed "the computer" for its thoroughness and its ability to detect even the smallest problem to the car that was driving.
The dramatic accident that struck him on the Nurburgring circuit has remained an indelible episode: his Ferrari caught fire. Niki was saved only by the intervention of some colleagues who came down from their cars, stopping the race to save it. His face and his body would remain scarred forever but Niki shortly after he decided to get back on track, "so the car is not driving on their faces," he liked to repeat. During his career he ran 171 F1 Grand Prix, winning 25 and scoring 24 pole positions equally fast.
A deep rivalry but also Amicia loyal friendship between the British driver James Hunt and Niki Lauda, has passed into history, so much so that Ron Howard decided to celebrate it in a film, "Rush," released in 2013. Several times Howard had observed as both samples were very different people, but united by the mad rush to reach the highest possible level. And we love to remember well the undisputed F1 champion Niki Lauda.