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Old 21 May 2019, 13:48 (Ref:3905063)   #31
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He retired from racing before I was born, but I have seen plenty of footage of him racing and read some great anecdotes in the past. And of course even in retirement, he was always in retirement, either as a pundit or being part of an F1 team which he did for Ferrari, Jag and in his final years Merc

I knew he hasn't been in the best of health the past 12 months, but it's still a bit of a shock as he always seemed to bounce back from the worst. Will miss a true character who was never dull to interview. At least now James Hunt can relive some old times up there with him

RIP Niki 'King Rat' Lauda
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Old 21 May 2019, 14:27 (Ref:3905068)   #32
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I was awaiting his return to the pitwall at Mercedes.
Terrible news to wake up to..
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Old 21 May 2019, 21:16 (Ref:3905149)   #33
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Amazing driver, but more amazing as the man who returned to the track after his accident. May he R.I.P.
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Old 21 May 2019, 21:33 (Ref:3905151)   #34
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He retired from racing before I was born, but I have seen plenty of footage of him racing and read some great anecdotes in the past. He deserves a lot of respect, first of all from coming back from being given the last rites to just miss out on the title before winning the title again the next season, then coming out of retirement to win the title a third and final time.
And of course even in retirement, he was always in the paddock, either as a pundit or being part of an F1 team which he did for Ferrari, Jag and in his final years Merc

I knew he hasn't been in the best of health the past 12 months, but it's still a bit of a shock as he always seemed to bounce back from the worst. Will miss a true character who was never dull to interview. At least now James Hunt can relive some old times up there with him

RIP Niki 'King Rat' Lauda

Fixed a slight error in my post and while at it posted a couple of things I forgot to mention
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Old 22 May 2019, 04:23 (Ref:3905170)   #35
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R.I.P. Niki.

One very brave man, to step back into a race car after that accident.

Niki also went onto to start his own airline, and unfortunately suffered a fatal accident with a Boeing B767 when a thrust reverser deployed in flight. Niki took on Boeing and the American FAA, and proved them to be wrong in the way they went about certifying the Boeing B767 thrust reversers.
They recounted that story on local radio this morning - Boeing were refusing to acknowledge their fault, so Niki said 'ok, let's go for a flight tomorrow and use the thrust reversers'. Shortly afterwards Boeing backed down.

Very sorry to hear the news, but I had been really glad to see him enjoying himself so much with the Mercedes team in recent years.
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Old 22 May 2019, 06:12 (Ref:3905178)   #36
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The driver I revered above all others - for his razor sharp brain, his wit and his bluntness . And for his sublime driving -nobody changed gear with such metronomic precision and , head down , he was a racer as much as he was a thinker . I saw him in F3 , F2 and F1 and I will share two favorite memories -


- standing on the outside of the old Woodcote at Daily Express Trophy 1975. I'd just started my first job , just got my first car (Riley 1300 )and I'd driven from Lincoln after a 6am start on a perfect spring day. Made even more perfect by the sight and sound of Lauda's glorious 312T screaming and wailing past at 150mph , on the edge of grip, but never over it .


- ten years later , in the dunes at Scheivlak (is it ? ) Zandvoort as he duked it out with Prost like it was a FF1600 race. He won , and for the last time



Christ I feel very old and very sad today
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Old 22 May 2019, 08:24 (Ref:3905192)   #37
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Hats off to a REAL Legend.

Sad time but I have to say that as a huge Hunt fan throughout the Hesketh, Mclaren and Wolf eras James would never have been James without this remarkable man to compete against.

RIP LEGEND.......
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Old 22 May 2019, 08:58 (Ref:3905196)   #38
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R.I.P. Niki

I'm glad I was present at his comeback Monza '76, one of his best Monaco '78
with Brabham Alfa after the puncture. Great sportman and unconventional businessman. The old good days: Niki, Forghieri and Regazzoni. Condolences to family.
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Old 22 May 2019, 09:52 (Ref:3905199)   #39
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RIP Legend. Niki Lauda is and always will be an inspiration.
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I'm saddened beyond words. He was my racing hero from the mid-'70s, when being a Lauda fan wasn't fashionable in the UK! But it was not entirely unexpected – the damage done to his lungs in '76 finally caught up with him, and a double transplant is double jeopardy.

But he was a breath of fresh air in the ghastly PC, PR-sodden world of F1. A treasured memory? After his last win, at Zandvoort, a Beeb interviewer asked him what he was going to do next. "Well, the weather here's a bit shitty, so I'm going home to Ibiza" he replied. The Beeb's phone lines were jammed for a week with howls of protest. Priceless... RIP, Niki.
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Old 23 May 2019, 13:00 (Ref:3905367)   #42
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John Watson Gobbing off about Hamilton not attending apress conference and being Pathetic. The only thing that is Pathetic is Watson making a big story around Lauda's passing - pretty childish and disrespectful ....
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Old 23 May 2019, 13:08 (Ref:3905369)   #43
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I found a very good tweet from Lewis this morning and also this: https://twitter.com/freddiehunt76/st...129358848?s=20 Very poignant I thought.
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John Watson Gobbing off about Hamilton not attending apress conference and being Pathetic. The only thing that is Pathetic is Watson making a big story around Lauda's passing - pretty childish and disrespectful ....
Especially as MB and LH got specific permissions to allow him to skip the pressers and they allowed Ferrari to do last year after Sergio's passing. It's the media feeling they get to drive the story and demand whatever they want. Sorry but that's not how it works sir
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I found a very good tweet from Lewis this morning and also this: https://twitter.com/freddiehunt76/st...129358848?s=20 Very poignant I thought.


I’ve been thinking the same thing, very appropriate touch that from Hunt’s son
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