Niki Lauda – A man who was burning for an entire minute

Niki Lauda is dead. The tragic news that this seventy-year-old man has passed away and he has thus entered into the legend, despite the fact that many of the nowadays Formula-1 lovers have never seen him driving.


He had a very fruitful life and a rich career as a driver which lasted for the entire 17 years, i.e. from 1969 to 1985. He used to drive for Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren and for some other teams as well. He was the winner of 25 races and this all resulted in him being the winner of F1 in 1975, 1977 and 1984. It should be mentioned that there are five drivers in the history of F1 who have won more trophies than him, Michael Schumacher is the first one with seven trophies he won from 1994 until 2004.

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This is the year for which Lauda is most remembered for. Namely, he was driving in Nürburgring, Germany, as a man who was an active champion of F1 and a man who has already won five races in the current season. The track was 20km long and he was driving for Ferrari then. The track was a bit slippery and there was rain and all this resulted in Lauda to go off the track. His unit rolled over, went through the protective fence, and this all caused his protective helmet to fall off his head. This was the moment when he crashed with another protective fence which makes him be on the track. This was the moment when several other units crashed with him. The sparkles started a fire and the cockpit was burning.

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He was burning for an entire minute, both him and his unit. This was the time when three other drivers succeeded to take him out of the fire. There was not any medical help nearby, this was the time when the choppers were not so common and present everywhere. The help came from his rivals, i.e. other drivers, however, even they thought that it was late for any intervention.

The consequences crash

He had severe burns all over his face, part of the head and hands. He also had a concussion and he also has fractures on several places. His right ear was almost entirely burnt. On top of all this, the smoke filled his lungs. He arrived in hospital in a coma and it was thought that he would not survive. When the priest came to visit him in hospital, and this gave Lauda strength to survive and not to give up. He underwent a series of different surgeries, and a lot of them were needed since he lost a part of his ear, eyebrows, hair, and eyelashes. He did it. And the only change was a hat he started to wear in order not to make people uncomfortable about his scars.

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The comeback

He never gave up and he succeeded to come back to racing only 40 days after the tragic accident. He even took the fourth place there.

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Sergio Marchionne Dies At 66 – Auto Industry Legend

The former chief executive of carmaker Fiat-Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, has died in hospital in Zurich aged 66.

He was replaced four days ago when his health worsened following complications from surgery on his right shoulder.

Mr Marchionne, who was also Ferrari’s chairman, had led the combined company for more than a decade and planned to step down next year.

Mr Marchionne has been succeeded by Briton Mike Manley, head of the Italian-American firm’s Jeep division.

“Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone,” said group chairman John Elkann, a member of the Agnelli family that controls the company.

Tributes paid
Mr Elkann praised Mr Marchionne’s “values of humanity, responsibility and open-mindedness”.

He added: “My family and I will always be grateful for what he has done.”

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Politicians and car industry figures also paid tribute to Mr Marchionne.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella said: “Marchionne wrote an important page in the history of Italian industry. As leader of Fiat, he went through years of very deep and radical transformation of markets, production systems, financial strategies and trade union relations.”

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said: “With Sergio Marchionne, Italy loses not only the most brilliant of its managers, but one of the symbolic figures of our country. He represented the best of Italy.”

Ford’s executive chairman Bill Ford and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi chief executive Carlos Ghosn both expressed their sympathies.

Workaholic lifestyle
Mr Marchionne was seen as the driving force behind Fiat-Chrysler’s growth.

Famous for his signature black jumpers, sharp tongue and workaholic lifestyle, he is credited with saving both Fiat and Chrysler from bankruptcy.

An accountant and lawyer by training, Mr Marchionne joined Fiat in 2004 after the death of its patriarch Gianni Agnelli.

In 2009, he presided over Fiat’s merger with Chrysler, which was then the number three carmaker in the US.

He carried out two successful spin-offs from the merged group – first its tractor-making arm in 2011, which became CNH Industrial, then Ferrari, which was floated in 2016.

By this year, Mr Marchionne had managed to wipe out the group’s near-$13bn (£10bn) debt pile, something he described as a “healing” process for two companies that for so long were associated with failure.

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‘Great leader’
Mr Marchionne was also a big figure in the world of Formula One, and after taking charge at Ferrari in 2014 oversaw a major restructuring of the racing team.

He formed a powerful alliance with Mercedes, fighting major changes to the sport being planned by new owners Liberty Media for 2021.

Mr Marchionne more than once threatened to pull Ferrari out of F1 after 2020 if he was unhappy with the changes.

Chase Carey, the chief executive of F1, described Mr Marchionne as “a great leader”, both for the sport and in the business world generally.

“He led with great passion, energy and insight, and inspired all around him. His contributions to Formula One are immeasurable.

“He was also a true friend to all of us and he will be deeply missed.”

source: BBC

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