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Niki Lauda


Austrian Formula A single racer who received 3 F1 World Championships (1975, 1977, and 1984). He grew up by a rich Austrian family members who disapproved of his selection of racing like a career. The storyplot of his duel with Wayne Hunt was converted to an American film called ‘Hurry,’ directed by Ron Howard and released in 2013. He was wedded to Marlene Knaus from 1976-1991. They elevated two sons, Mathias and Lukas. Mathias became a specialist racer and Lukas became Mathias’s supervisor. He wedded Birgit Wetzinger in 2008. The few welcomed twins in ’09 2009, a son and a woman. He and reckless English racer Wayne Hunt got a famous rivalry in the 1970s.

Quick Facts

Full Name Niki Lauda
Date Of Birth February 22, 1949
Place Of Birth Vienna, Austria
Height 1.71 m
Profession Race Car Driver
Nationality Austrian
Spouse Birgit Wetzinger, Marlene Knaus
Children Mathias Lauda, Lukas Lauda, Max Lauda, Christoph Lauda, Mia Lauda
Parents Ernst-Peter Lauda, Elisabeth Lauda
Awards Laureus World Sports Award for Lifetime Achievement, BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year
Nominations Milliyet Sports Award for World Athlete of the Year
Movies Popcorn and Ice Cream, Top Kids
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1Stated in an interview, that a "certain company" pays him over a million Euros a year to have their logo on the hat he wears over his burns, when he's in public.
2Has a son named Christoph (b. 1982).
3Has twin children with wife Birgit named Max and Mia (b. September 6th 2009).
4He and his first wife have two children: Lucas (b.1979) and Mathias (b.1981).
5The only man to win a race in an F1 car fitted with a fan to generate down force.
6He was also an advisor of the Ferrari F1 team and a team boss of the Jaguar team
7Won 25 career races in Formula 1 World Championship. Won 24 pole positions in Formula 1 World Championship. Father of Lukas & Matthias. Founder of Lauda Air in 1978. Lauda Air is Austria's second largest commercial airlines. Often pilots Boeing 737 & 747 jets at Lauda Air.



Menschen bei Maischberger2003-2008TV SeriesHimself
ITV - Formula One2007TV SeriesHimself
Mein Leben2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Explorations2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Monaco - Le circuit des princes2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tussen de sterren2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Wetten, dass..?1981-2002TV SeriesHimself
In 80 Jahren um die Welt2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Screw Loose1999Himself
Falco - Hoch wie nie1998VideoHimself
Sabine Christiansen1998TV SeriesHimself
Die Harald Schmidt Show1996TV SeriesHimself
Lap of the Gods1992VideoHimself
Fire, Ice & Dynamite1990Himself
Top Kids1987TV MovieHimself
Die Zukunft hat Geburtstag - 100 Jahre Automobil1986TV MovieHimself / Host
Schwarz und ohne Zucker1985Himself
Fear - Angst1984TV Movie documentaryGuest
Formule Villeneuve1983Himself
Turbo Time1983DocumentaryHimself
Jolly Joker1981TV Series documentaryHimself - Co-Host
The Big Time1980TV Series documentaryHimself
Popcorn und Himbeereis1978Himself (uncredited)
Speed Fever1978DocumentaryHimself
Jarama fórmula 11976Documentary shortÉl mismo, piloto de F1
Je später der Abend...1976TV SeriesHimself
One by One1974DocumentaryHimself
Formula 1: BBC Sport2010-2015TV SeriesHimself - Non-Executive Chairman, Mercedes AMG / Himself - F1 World Champion, 1975, 1977 & 1984 / Himself - F1 World Champion, 1975, 1977 & 1984 (segment: F1 Forum) / ...
Air Emergency2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Lauda: The Untold Story2014DocumentaryHimself
71st Golden Globe Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (uncredited)
Charlie Rose2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Janela Indiscreta2013TV SeriesHimself
Hunt vs Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Marslakók2012TV SeriesHimself
Günther Jauch2012TV SeriesHimself
Formula 1's 60th Anniversary: Plus Ça Change2011TV Movie documentaryHimself - World Champion 1975, 1977, 1984
Aus eigener Kraft2010TV Movie documentaryNiki Lauda
Jochen Rindts letzter Sommer - Ein Toter wird Weltmeister2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Im Gespräch mit Teddy Podgorski2010TV SeriesHimself
Udo Proksch: Out of Control2010DocumentaryHimself
Beckmann2006-2009TV SeriesHimself
Plasberg persönlich2008TV SeriesHimself
Wir sind Kaiser2008TV SeriesHimself
Willkommen Österreich2008TV SeriesHimself

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Rush2013/IHimself (uncredited)
Menschen & Mächte2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Dorfers Donnerstalk2005-2011TV SeriesHimself
Österreich wählt2011TV SeriesHimself
Wir sind Kaiser Deluxe - Seine schönsten Audienzen2011TV SeriesHimself
Great Grand Prix Racing Heroes2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Pop Galerie Reloaded2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Wir sind Kaiser2009TV SeriesHimself
Willkommen Österreich2008TV SeriesHimself
Falco lebt!2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Legenden2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Crash!1991Video documentaryHimself
100 years of automobile1985TV Series documentaryHimself
Bilder, die die Welt bewegten - Peter von Zahn berichtet1980TV Series documentaryHimself

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1[re his injuries after famous 1976 accident] At the time I was upset by how people reacted. They wouldn't look me in the eye, which I thought was rude. But I have to say I was startled by the movie and I understand now. [Rival racer James] Hunt used to say to me: 'Niki, you're lucky. Some people are just born ugly, but you have the excuse of an accident.'
2[re making of Rush (2013)] I had been approached before, but the ideas always seemed to me boring. Peter Morgan and Ron Howard - these are the right people. Ron Howard had no idea about racing. He was like a little kid, with unbelievable enthusiasm. But the story comes very well across.

1Wears a Parmalat (Italian dairy) baseball cap at all times to cover his burn scars from his auto accident in 1976.

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