From the archive: Lauda answers the paddock's questions
Last year Niki Lauda answered questions from the Formula 1 paddock - put to him by ANDREW VAN DE BURGT - for an F1 Racing magazine feature, tackling topics from his views on modern F1 cars and DRS to his dislike of cats
For more than 40 years Niki Lauda has been one of the most prominent characters in the F1 paddock. From humble beginnings as a pay driver at BRM, he rose to become one of the sport's superstars, leading a stellar period in Ferrari's history.
After dominating the 1975 season, he was heading for back-to-back titles in '76 before he suffered one of the worst accidents captured on film, at the Nürburgring. His subsequent recovery is ingrained in F1 legend, though the scars he carries from the accident that so nearly killed him remain traced across his face and skull.
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Obituary: Niki Lauda - 1949-2019