So sad to read of the news this morning. I first learnt of Lauda in a Dorling Kindersley book on F1 that I would loan from my library seemingly ever few weeks when I was 10 upon becoming a proper obsessive of the sport. I think it was the fact that he came back from near death just weeks later to race again that made him stick out more than most. It's impossible to imagine the sort of willpower required to have done that when 99.9% of people would still be lying in the hospital bed with those sort of injuries. Heck, given that he received the last rites, most of us would have died. And yet he was back racing weeks later. It's unbelievable.
He's the definition of bravery, fight and spirit. A legend like all the other legends from the sports golden era who is incomparable and my god how I wish I was alive back then to have seen him and his fellow stars do what they did.
You think you hallow footballers and all that but then you get to a whole new level of respect when you read what drivers like Lauda did and had to go through. He'll be so sadly missed.
Rest in peace Niki.
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