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Austrian Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda dies at 70

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said, nine months after undertaking a lung transplant.

The legendary Austrian took the championship for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984.

For many, he will be recalled for his amazing recovery and return to racing after being severely burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix.

“[He was] a role model and a role model for all of us,” his family said in a statement.

After his career as a racing driver, he became an airline entrepreneur and, most recently, a non-executive chairman for the Formula 1 Mercedes team, involved in bringing in British driver Lewis Hamilton, who has won five world championships.

Lauda died peacefully with his family on Monday, it added.

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