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Final farewell to F1 racing legend Niki Lauda in Vienna

The funeral of Niki Lauda
The funeral of Niki Lauda
Former Formula One champion Niki Lauda

By Staff Reporter

Family, friends and fans have gathered at St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna for a last farewell to former Formula One champion Niki Lauda.

The wooden coffin of the three-time champion was decorated with his red racing helmet and surrounded by six white candles and rose wreaths with two large portraits of Lauda behind it.

The Austrian died on May 20 at the age of 70, less than a year after undergoing a lung transplant.

Lauda, who won two of his F1 titles after an horrific crash in which he suffered serious burns, later became a prominent figure in the aviation industry and in recent years served as non-executive chairman of the Mercedes F1 team.

Before the service hundreds of fans walked by the coffin.

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