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Niki Lauda: A racing life [Photos]

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 14, 1983, French Formula One driver Alain Prost (L) poses with Austrian former champion Niki Lauda on the McLaren car they will drive during the 1984 Formula One season at Le Castellet racetrack, southern France. - Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media early Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Photo by GERARD FOUET / AFP)GERARD FOUET/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 14, 1983, French Formula One driver Alain Prost (L) poses with Austrian former champion Niki Lauda on the McLaren car they will drive during the 1984 Formula One season at Le Castellet racetrack, southern France. - Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media early Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Photo by GERARD FOUET / AFP)GERARD FOUET/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 21, 1984, Austrian Formula One pilot Niki Lauda (L) and his then McLaren teammate French driver Alain Prost celebrate after Lauda won for the third time the Formula One World Champion title following a race in Estoril, Portugal. - Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media early Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Photo by GABRIEL DUVAL / AFP)GABRIEL DUVAL/AFP/Getty Images
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 file photo former Austrian Formula One driver Niki Lauda is pictured through a glass window, during the 2015 Formula One testing, at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain. Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
FILE - In this July 31, 1977 file photo, Austrian racing driver Niki Lauda in his Ferrari leads James Hunt from Great Britain in his McLaren during the Formula One West German Grand Prix auto race at the Hockenheim circuit in Hockenheim, West Germany. Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Thursday May 16, 1996 file photo defending champion Michael Schumacher of Germany, left, chats with Ferrari consultant Niki Lauda during the practice session for the Monaco F1 Grand Prix in the principality. Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 16, 1983, French Formula One driver Alain Prost (R) talks with Austrian former champion Niki Lauda during trials at Le Castellet racetrack, southern France. - Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media early Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Photo by Gerard FOUET / AFP)GERARD FOUET/AFP/Getty Images
FILE - In this Sept. 12, 1976 file photo Austrian auto racer Niki Lauda, following his near fatal crash at the German Grand Prix six weeks ago, announces he would start at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. (AP Photo, File)
File photo dated 04-07-2014 of Mercedes Niki Lauda. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. Formula 1 racing team McLaren said it is deeply saddened to learn that three-time world champion driver Niki Lauda has died, following reports of his death at the age of 70. See PA story AUTO Lauda. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.
File - In this Jan. 12, 1975 file photo, Austrian auto racer Niki Lauda, pictured during the Argentine Grand Prix in Buenos Aires. Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70. (AP Photo/E. Di Baia)
File photo dated 04-07-2014 of Mercedes Toto Wolff (left) and Niki Lauda. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. Formula 1 racing team McLaren said it is deeply saddened to learn that three-time world champion driver Niki Lauda has died, following reports of his death at the age of 70. See PA story AUTO Lauda. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.
File photo dated 13-03-1976 of Austrian Niki Lauda in his Ferrari at Brands Hatch. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. Formula 1 racing team McLaren said it is deeply saddened to learn that three-time world champion driver Niki Lauda has died, following reports of his death at the age of 70. See PA story AUTO Lauda. Photo credit should read PA/PA Wire.
File photo dated 08-05-2015 of Niki Lauda. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. Formula 1 racing team McLaren said it is deeply saddened to learn that three-time world champion driver Niki Lauda has died, following reports of his death at the age of 70. See PA story AUTO Lauda. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 1976 file photo Austria's Niki Lauda behind the wheel of his Ferrari 312 T2 on the track of Florano after a near fatal crash on Aug. 1 during the German Grand Prix. Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. (AP Photo/Raoul Fornezza, File)
FILE - In this May 27, 1976 file photo Austria's Niki Lauda in a Ferrari making the best time during testing for the upcoming Grand Prix of Monaco. Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. (AP Photo/Rene Maestri, File)
File photo dated 23-04-1985 of Master of the Worshipful Company of Glovers Stephen Kirsch (left) presents the Golden Glove Award to McLaren Formula One team boss Ron Dennis (right) and his driver Niki Lauda. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. Formula 1 racing team McLaren said it is deeply saddened to learn that three-time world champion driver Niki Lauda has died, following reports of his death at the age of 70. See PA story AUTO Lauda. Photo credit should read PA/PA Wire.
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 1976, file photo, Austrian auto racer Niki Lauda, right, defending champion in world driving, and James Hunt, of Britain, look at the rain before the start of the Japan Grand Prix Formula One auto race at Fuji International Speedway, Gotemba, Japan. Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. The Austria Press Agency reported Lauda's family saying in a statement he "passed away peacefully" on Monday, May 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
File photo dated 18-07-1975 of Austrian F1 racing driver Niki Lauda during a practice session at Silverstone. Re-issued: 17/2/99. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. Formula 1 racing team McLaren said it is deeply saddened to learn that three-time world champion driver Niki Lauda has died, following reports of his death at the age of 70. See PA story AUTO Lauda. Photo credit should read PA/PA Wire.
File photo dated July 22 1984 showing Austrian Niki Lauda celebrating victory in the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch after winning in his Marlboro McLaren. Formula 1 racing team McLaren said it was "deeply saddened" to learn that three-time world champion driver Niki Lauda had died aged 70. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. See PA story AUTO Lauda. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Archive
File photo dated May 8 2015 showing Niki Lauda during the practice day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Formula 1 racing team McLaren said it is "deeply saddened" to learn that three-time world champion driver Niki Lauda has died. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. See PA story AUTO Lauda. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
File photo dated November 23 2014 showing Mercedes Lewis Hamilton with Niki Lauda during the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Formula 1 racing team McLaren said it was "deeply saddened" to learn that three-time world champion driver Niki Lauda had died aged 70. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture issue date: Tuesday May 21, 2019. See PA story AUTO Lauda. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 13, 2002 The Ford-backed Formula One Jaguar racing team boss Niki Lauda waves after testing the last season's Jaguar R2 Formula One at Valencia's racetrack. - Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media on May 21, 2019. (Photo by Pierre-Philippe MARCOU / AFP)PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 15, 2009 Three-time F1 world champion, Austrian driver Niki Lauda, sits in the cockpit of the 1st 'Legacy 190' executive jet during a delivering ceremony to Niki airlines, at Embraer's headquarters, in Sao Jose dos Campos, some 90 km north of Sao Paulo, Brazil. - Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media on May 21, 2019. (Photo by MAURICIO LIMA / AFP)MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 13, 2002 The Ford-backed Formula One Jaguar racing team boss Niki Lauda poses after testing the last season's Jaguar R2 Formula One at Valencia's racetrack. - Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media on May 21, 2019. (Photo by Pierre-Philippe MARCOU / AFP)PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 27, 1976 Ferrari's Austrian Formula One driver and World champion Niki Lauda is seen in the pits on Monaco race track during a training session of the 34th Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. - Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media on May 21, 2019. (Photo by - / AFP)-/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 19, 2016 Austrian Formula One driver Niki Lauda poses with his trophy in the category Lifetime Achievement at the Laureus World Sports 2016 Awards Ceremony in Berlin. - Former F1 champion Niki Lauda dies: family tells media on May 21, 2019. (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP)TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 1, 2015 Austrian former Formula One driver Niki Lauda looks on during the first day of the Formula One pre-season tests at Jerez racetrack in Jerez. - Former F1 champion Niki Lauda dies: family tells media on May 21, 2019. (Photo by Jorge Guerrero / AFP)JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 27, 1976 Austrian Formula One driver and World champion Niki Lauda sits in his Ferrari on Monaco race track during a training session of the 34th Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. - Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media on May 21, 2019. (Photo by - / AFP)-/AFP/Getty Images

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