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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by kelnet, May 21, 2019.
RIP Niki. Terrific driver and a better competitor.
RIP to one of the last racing legends
the only World champ for both Maclaren & Ferrari
One of the last from that era, perhaps. There are still lots of racing legends still alive, from Stirling Moss, A.J. Foyt, and Jackie Stewart, to Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell, and onwards.
Sad news , a great man not just a pilot, rest in peace and continue racing !
this was such a bummer. sounds like hes had a rough go for a long time. 70 is too young these days, even for a grizzled old F1 driver. he was before my time a bit but I know his history and he was a big deal to my dad who is who got me into F1 in the first place. RIP niki.
Those old school F1 drivers had balls of steel.
I cannot believe you put Nigel Mansell in the same paragraph with the great Niki Lauda.
Yes, the drivers of that era, in Formula One were made of magnificent stuff. But the thing is, Niki towered over virtually all of those guys.
That NPR spot with Sir Jackie Stewart was so telling. Stewart was an amazing driver in his own right, and then you listen to him speak and his admiration for Lauda's courage and grit; the respect Sir Jackie had for him, is so palpable. It brought tears to my eyes.
I'm going to accept that Niki is gone, because I think we all know what an improbable thing it was that he survived at all. And then, to go on to be Champion again. Extraordinary is too small a word.
Nigel Mansell's record speaks for itself, but I was merely saying that Lauda is not "one of the last racing legends." There are plenty of great drivers still alive, from every decade since Lauda.
Lauda is a legend among legends, but that doesn't diminish the accomplishments of other great drivers. For me, Mansell stands with guys like Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet.