Niki Lauda whose full name is Andreas Nikolaus Lauda was an Austrian Formula One driver, a three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion, who won in the years 1975, 1977 and 1984, and also an aviation entrepreneur. He was the only driver in the history of F1 to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren, the sport’s two most successful constructors.
With Niki Lauda’s talent as a driver, he stood tall at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 m) and maintained a healthy weight of 143 lbs (65 kg), even after so many years.
He happened to be the only F1 driver to have been champion of two of the sport’s most successful constructors, McLaren and Ferrari. In 1979, while driving his Ferrari at the Nürburgring during the German Grand Prix, he survived a close brush with death. He has since gone on to win the F1 World Drivers’ Champion three times in his career. Since retiring from the sport, he has successfully founded and managed three airlines (Laudamotion, Lauda Air and Niki).
Niki Lauda Age | Niki Lauda Date of Birth
He was born on the 22nd of February 1949, in Vienna, Austria. Niki was 70 years old as at the time of his death.
Niki Lauda Wife
He got married to Marlene Knaus in the year 1976 and they got divorced in the year 1991. Years after his divorce, Niki got married to Birgit Wetzinger a flight attendant for his airline in the year 2008, and they were together until his death in May 2019.
Niki Lauda Children
Lauda had two sons with first wife Marlene Knaus: Mathias, a race driver himself, and Lukas, who acted as Mathias’s manager. Birgit also gave birth to twins.
Niki Lauda Death
On the 20th of May 2019, Lauda died in his sleep, aged 70, at the University Hospital Zurich. He had been undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney problems, following a period of ill health at the hospital.