Formula One legend Niki Lauda (full name Andreas Nikolaus Lauda) has passed away at the age of 70, following a period of ill health.
In a statement, his family said: “With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday, May 20, 2019.”
According to reports, he caught a flu while on holiday in Ibiza and flew back to Vienna for treatment. However, his condition worsened, and doctors decided to operate.
The Austrian is considered to be one of the best drivers in the history of F1, and was a frequent figure in the paddock throughout the years. He was also Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s non-executive chairman and was involved in the signing of Lewis Hamilton.
Lauda, a three-time Drivers’ Championship winner, still remains as the only person to have won a world title with Ferrari and McLaren.The three world titles were won in 1975, 1977 and 1984.