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#1 gliebzeit

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Posted May 20 2019 - 08:49 PM

Niki Lauda passed from us at age 70 on 20 May.

#2 marco lenarduzzi

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Posted May 20 2019 - 09:03 PM

What a great loss .It must have been unexpected because he looked like a healthy man and 70 is not old .  He and James are together again .

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Posted May 20 2019 - 10:42 PM

Yes, he looked like...

But he still suffered big healthy problems caused by his crash in '76. Got new lungs last year an think he never fully recovers from this. Rest in peace Niki!

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Posted May 20 2019 - 11:19 PM

He will be missed, I've always liked his 'no bullshit' approach where he just says it like it is. That's a rarity in modern F1.

Edited by Millennium, May 20 2019 - 11:19 PM.


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Posted May 20 2019 - 11:43 PM

Very sad, what a great man he was.

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Posted May 21 2019 - 12:22 AM

Damn what bad news. One of the greatest. RIP

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Posted May 21 2019 - 04:36 AM

RIP Niki, I was a big fan

Yes, I liked his 'no bullshit' approach too where he just said it like it was ... until he got a job at Mercedes...

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Posted May 21 2019 - 05:44 AM

The first driver I thought was made of steel as a kid, very sad to hear.

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Posted May 21 2019 - 06:36 AM

View Postjxeboy, on May 21 2019 - 05:44 AM, said:

The first driver I thought was made of steel as a kid, very sad to hear.

I thought the same... He was my hero when I was 13... And I start racing thinking his exemple could help me... And in fact, no... I'm not in steel...

I think the most beautiful thing he made (that I know) is the enquiry about his commercial plane that crashed in Asia. As usual he never gave up and thanks to that, the defect of the plane could be found, and I can imagine a lot of life saved...

At this time, he had the purest way of driving, it was as if he was “stuck“ to the track while the others were sailing...
It was absolutely amazing to watch him.

R.I.P Nicolas Lauda

Edited by db312, May 21 2019 - 06:37 AM.


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Posted May 21 2019 - 08:54 AM

Very sad news. Another racing legend has passed away.
RIP Niki.

I also liked his direct way.
And I liked his comments for the TV channel RTL on the F1 races.
Here is a good interview with Florian König who worked with Niki as moderator for 22 years  (in German language, a good online translator is for example DeepL ):
https://www.dwdl.de/...die_hosen_voll/

For those who have the TV channel, RTL has changed its program tonight. They will broadcast about Niki the whole evening (20:15 until midnight):
https://www.dwdl.de/...aign=&utm_term=


Nice that Niki was still able to consult for the movie Rush before his health went down.

:rip:

Edited by Stefan Roess, May 22 2019 - 02:05 AM.


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Posted May 21 2019 - 09:34 AM

great niki, the pilot of my time.

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Posted May 21 2019 - 09:35 AM

Easily my favourite driver of the 1970s era.
I also loved his no-BS attitude.

I hoped he'd get back in the paddock later this year, but it seems his health only deteriorated.
Didn't anticipate it happening so soon.

He will be dearly missed :(
RIP Niki Lauda.

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Posted May 21 2019 - 09:38 AM

Yes Rip Niki and very sad news.

I agree with the comments about his, lets say it how it is attitude. I also loved his openeness and honesty and even though he became in later years, involved with Mercedes, he was respected until the end and was just an all out F1 fan, like me and you.

His bravery from that Suzuka race in 76, where he retired due to the adverse weather. He took a lot of critiscm for that but turned it around in later years.

I kind of hoped he'd be back in the F1 pit lane this year, but unfortunately it's  not to be. You will not be forgotten Niki for your devotion to racing ☹️

TP: 🏁

Edited by twinpotter, May 21 2019 - 09:42 AM.


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Posted May 21 2019 - 10:21 AM

Yes.  Niki is gone, but never forgotten.

RIP Niki.

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Posted May 21 2019 - 11:49 AM

RIP Niki.

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Posted May 21 2019 - 01:40 PM

Rest in peace Niki

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Edited by leon_90, May 21 2019 - 01:42 PM.


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Posted May 21 2019 - 09:04 PM

Niki and James having lunch on a Ligier.  Great photo ! You don't see that in F1 today. R.I.P.

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Edited by marco lenarduzzi, May 21 2019 - 09:14 PM.


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Posted May 22 2019 - 03:41 AM

Very sad to hear of Niki`s passing. A true legend of F1. Another great gone... RIP NL

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Posted May 22 2019 - 03:59 AM

That is a class photo Marco. B)

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Posted May 22 2019 - 05:25 AM

where Both Hunt and Lauda have been lucky, and it is for those that really followed F1 races and reports during the sixties, is when Emerson Fittipaldi decided in a foolish  and dollarish decision to quit McLaren for the ill fated Copersucar venture. Emerson cld have managed to stay in top teams, and it wld have changed the face of the 1976 to 1980 seasons. What he achieved later in CART says a lot.

Emerson was the smoothest driver on a track,recognized widely as a great stylist, and knew as well as Lauda how to set up cars, and how to manage races.

Nothing against Niki,he was a great manager ...

Edited by M Needforspeed, May 22 2019 - 05:51 AM.





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