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F1 champion Niki Lauda dies aged 70

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Three-time Formula one Austrian world champion Niki Lauda died on Monday aged 70.

His family said he “passed away peacefully” in a statement reported by the Austrian Press Agency.

The McLaren Formula One team wrote on Twitter, “All at McLaren are deeply saddened to learn that our friend, colleague and 1984 Formula 1 World Champion, Niki Lauda, has passed away.

“Niki will forever be in our hearts and enshrined in our history.”

Jenson Button said on Twitter, “A legend has left us. Rest in peace Niki.”

In 1976 Lauda narrowly escaped death when his Ferrari crashed at the Nurburgring in Germany, he made a full recovery despite suffering burns and finished second to James Hunt in the championship.

In January Lauda sold his airline Laudamotion to budget airline Ryanair.




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