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Discussion in 'Personal' started by foxtail3, May 21, 2019.
Mr F is a Formula 1 and motorsport fan. A sad day.
Sad day indeed. 70 is quite young these days but at least better than it might have been after that crash.
I remember walking past him on Parker's Piece in 1984. A very attractive man indeed. Sad news.
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.
I met him at once, nice guy.
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'
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.
Yes . A remarkable man in so many ways.
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.
He was so brave. 70 is no age but it could have been much younger.
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)
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?
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” !
I knew both of them.
A really unpleasant post.
I agree. And quite unnecessary.