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Niki Lauda

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has died. He was aged 70.

The Austrian – a three-time world champion and the only man to have won the drivers’ title for both Ferrari and McLaren passed away less than a year after undergoing a lung transplant. READ ALSO: Buhari’s Umrah trip stalls Imo project commissioning

He won his first F1 championship in 1975, and was on course to retain his title the following year until a horrific near-fatal crash at the German Grand Prix at the famous Nurburgring. READ ALSO: (VIDEO) Kwara Utd mgt shutdown ministry of finance, tag Ahmed ‘Wicked Governor’

He suffered severe burns to his head and face and suffered lung damage from inhaling toxic gases when his Ferrari burst into flames during the race.

The accident occurred a week after he had urged his fellow drivers to boycott the event over safety concerns at the track. The burns he suffered were the reason he was hardly ever seen without a cap from that point onward, as he wanted to hide the scarring.

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