Niki Lauda is an Austrian former Formula One driver and three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champions, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984. He is currently the only driver to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren, the sport’s two most successful constructors.
Most recently an aviation entrepreneur, he has founded and run two airlines. he is also Bombardier Business Aircraft brand ambassador.
He was also a consultant for Scuderia Ferrari, as well as team manager of the Jaguar Formula One racing for two years. He is currently working as a pundit for German TV during Grand Prix weekends and acts as non-executive chairman of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team. Lauda owns 10% of the team.
Lauda was seriously injured in a crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, during which his Ferrari burst into flames and he came close to death after inhaling hot toxic fumes and suffering severe burns. However, he survived, and recovered enough to race again just six weeks later at the Italian Grand Prix.
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