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Niki Lauda RIP

Discussion in 'Personal' started by foxtail3, May 21, 2019.

  1. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Mr F is a Formula 1 and motorsport fan. A sad day.
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Brave Man
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  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Sad day indeed. 70 is quite young these days but at least better than it might have been after that crash.
  4. theselofane

    theselofane Occasional commenter

    I remember walking past him on Parker's Piece in 1984. A very attractive man indeed. Sad news.
  5. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Sad to see this, seems he had a lung transplant last year and his lungs were damaged in the crash, so it still got him in the end even though he survived another few decades.
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  6. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

    I met him at once, nice guy.
  7. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    I didn’t write this but it is very apt.

    I'd like to imagine James Hunt is standing between a Ferrari and Mclaren, helmet in hand, welcoming Niki and just saying 'you took your time'

    RIP Niki
  8. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    What a brave [or, some would say, reckless] man. Does anyone remember the documenatry about the rivalry between Lauda and Hunt? It was fascinating. Actually, if you saw it you'll have remembered it. That season, drivers had a one in eleven chance of being killed in an accident.
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  9. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Yes . A remarkable man in so many ways.
    A loss
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  10. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    Different generation and type of sportsman - totally committed to the cause.

    It is strange to think that what he was doing (coming back whatever the cost) back then was seen as standard behaviour, whereas today not only would he be seen as mad it is also unlikely he would ever be allowed back in a Fiat Punto, let alone a F1 car.

    It was, as said above, a very different F1 back then and yes, very dangerous indeed.

    Perhaps that was also the drug, the ultimate high of every time knocking on the doors of death and trying to back of just enough not to go through, that had Lauda et al going for it in races and cars that we just never will see again.
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  11. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    He was so brave. 70 is no age but it could have been much younger.
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  12. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Niki Lauda and Barry Sheen were my two sporting heroes. The bravery they both exhibited to come back to racing after such terrible accidents I found awe-inspiring.

    Somehow the softies that kicked a ball around a field just didn't cut it with me compared to them.

    RIP (to both of them)
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  13. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Whilst we have to admire their bravery at overcoming the horrendous accidents they sufferered by having another go, don't we also have to be aware of the idiocy of trying to do something that nearly killed you again?

    Niki Lauda's skill as a driver and bravery at having another go, will only be remembered by those who were aware of the races he drove in. Historians will only record him as an individual who was cremated twice. Facial recognition software will match images of the Invisible Man with Niki Lauda waring a baseball cap on top of the bandages and future students will conclude that Invisible Man was pretty cool for the era.

    What chance is there of bringing sanity to the world, if we put driving failures on a pedastal for others to do more spectacularly?

    Why on earth would anyone want to see a Niki Lauda impersonationist in the rear view mirror, or any racing driver copy cat trying his best to overtake on a busy motorway, just to feel like they could share in an inane sport if they drive like maniacs?
  14. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I posted this on to someone who replied
    I reckon with the rivalry those two had, Hunt would have handed him the helmet and said “See I even beat you here” !
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  15. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

    I knew both of them.
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  16. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    A really unpleasant post.
  17. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I agree. And quite unnecessary.
  18. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

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