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Niki Lauda (Formula One Driver) Biography, Age, Death, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : May 22, 2019

Short Biography

Niki Lauda was born on 22-02-1949 in Vienna, Austria. He was an Austrian Racing Driver, Film Actor, Television Actor, Pundit, Entrepreneur, Founder of 3 airlines named Niki, Lauda Air & Laudamotion.

Niki Lauda Complete Bio & Career

Niki was a three-time F1 world champion during the year 1975, 1977 and 1984. He was the only driver who won the title for both Ferrari and McLaren. He also was the owner of airline services Lauda Air and Niki. He stepped into F1 driver irrespective of parents’ permission. He first stepped into Formula 2 driver in the year 1971. By the end of the year 1971, he was promoted to F1 and used to drive for March. It was in the year 1974 when he was signed by Ferrari on the recommendation of his team mate at CRM. He was paid enough by Ferrari to clear his debt which he took a loan from banks.

The season of 1975 was a slow start for Lauda finishing fifth in the first four races. Lauda finished Third at Italian Grand Prix which made him World Champion. In the year 1976, at German Grand Prix Lauda was asking his fellow mates to boycott the race due to the circuit’s safety arrangement to which the others didn’t follow. The race started and after the first lap, Lauda met with an accident where his Ferrari burst into flames and he was trapped inside it. Lauda suffered several injuries and later went to Coma. He returned to the track just after six weeks. He finished fourth at Italian GP. After retirement, he was often seen at circuits enjoying from the bleachers. A three time F1 World's driver champion. He was arguably the legend of the sport.

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Niki Lauda died on 20-05-2019 at the age of 70 in Zurich, Switzerland. He was suffering from kidney problems. He was admitted to the Swiss clinic for dialysis but couldn't survive and finally breathed his last.

DEATHDAY 20 May,2019 (Friday)

Niki Lauda Family, Relatives and Other Relations

Lauda was born to Ernst-Peter Lauda & Elisabeth Lauda. He has a younger brother named Florian Lauda. He was married to Marlene Knaus from 1976 till 1991. They had two sons named Lukas Lauda (Football Manager) & Mathias Lauda (Racing Driver). Later In the year 2008, he married to one of his flight attendant Birgit WetZinger. With his 2nd wife, he had two sons named Max Lauda, Mia Lauda. He had also a son named Christoph Lauda

Life's Important Dates Of Niki Lauda

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Vienna
Nationality Austrian
Religion Christian
Address Vienna, Austria
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Driving
Marital Status Married
Debut F1 - 1971
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Player Lewis Hamilton
Favorite Sport F1
Favorite Movie Rush

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Niki Lauda

  • He served as a team manager of the Jaguar Formula One racing team for two years.
  • He took out a £30,000 bank loan after his career stalled.
  • His son Mathias was a race driver himself.
  • The 1976 F1 battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt was dramatized in the 2013 film Rush.
  • He took part in the negotiations of signing Lewis Hamilton to a three-year deal with AMG Mercedes.

Niki Lauda Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Niki Lauda was 70 years 2 months & 26 days old age.