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Niki Lauda The Bravest of the Brave

On fire in a burning cockpit: Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda, who died late on Monday at the age of 70, will forever be remembered for his fiery accident at the 1976 German Grand Prix. But even the horrific crash could not shake the 1975 world champion's icy determination – he staged a near-miraculous comeback to win two more titles and went on to become a successful entrepreneur, founding his own airlines. Lauda had taken his maiden Formula One world championship for Ferrari the previous year and was leading the standings when on Aug 1, 1976, his car plunged off the track for never-explained reasons and burst into flames on the notorious 22.8km long Nurburgring. He was trapped in the...
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