Niki Lauda

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Niki Lauda
Andreas Nikolaus Lauda 2011.jpg
Lauda in 2011
Born Andreas Nikolaus Lauda
(1949-02-22) 22 February 1949 (age 65)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Austria Austrian
Active years 19711979, 19821985
Teams March, BRM, Ferrari, Brabham, McLaren
Races 177 (171 starts)
Championships 3 (1975, 1977, 1984)
Wins 25
Podiums 54
Career points 420.5
Pole positions 24
Fastest laps 24
First race 1971 Austrian Grand Prix
First win 1974 Spanish Grand Prix
Last win 1985 Dutch Grand Prix
Last race 1985 Australian Grand Prix
Lauda at the Nürburgring in 1973, before his accident.

Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda (born 22 February 1949) is an Austrian former Formula One driver who was the three time F1 World Champion, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984. More recently an aviation entrepreneur, he has founded and run two airlines (Lauda Air and Niki). He was also the manager of the Jaguar Formula One racing team for two years. He is currently working as a pundit for German TV during Grand Prix weekends and acts as non-executive chairman of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.

Lauda was seriously injured in a crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, during which his Ferrari burst into flames and he came close to death after inhaling hot toxic fumes and suffering severe burns. However he recovered and returned to race again just six weeks later at the Italian Grand Prix. Scars from the injuries he suffered have left him permanently disfigured.

Early years in racing[edit]

Niki Lauda was born on 22 February 1949 in Vienna, Austria, to a wealthy family. His paternal grandfather was the Viennese-born businessman Hans Lauda.[1][2]

Lauda became a racing driver despite his family's disapproval. After starting out with a Mini, Lauda moved on into Formula Vee, as was normal in Central Europe, but rapidly moved up to drive in private Porsche and Chevron sports cars. With his career stalled, he took out a £30,000 GBP bank loan,[3] secured by a life insurance policy, to buy his way into the fledgling March team as a Formula Two (F2) driver in 1971. Because of his family's disapproval he had an ongoing feud with his family over his racing ambitions and abandoned further contact.[4] He was quickly promoted to the F1 team, but drove for March in F1 and F2 in 1972. Although the F2 cars were good (and Lauda's driving skills impressed March principal Robin Herd), March's 1972 F1 season was catastrophic. Lauda, in despair and deep debt, briefly contemplated suicide but finally took out another bank loan to buy his way into the BRM team in 1973. Lauda was instantly quick, but the team was in decline; his big break came when his BRM teammate Clay Regazzoni left to rejoin Ferrari in 1974 and team owner Enzo Ferrari asked him what he thought of Lauda. Regazzoni spoke so favourably of Lauda that Ferrari promptly went and signed him, paying Niki enough to clear his debts.

Ferrari 1974–1977[edit]

After an unsuccessful start to the 1970s culminating in a disastrous start to the 1973 season, Ferrari regrouped completely under Luca di Montezemolo and were resurgent in 1974. The team's faith in the little-known Lauda was quickly rewarded by a second-place finish in his début race for the team, the season-opening Argentine Grand Prix. His first Grand Prix (GP) victory – and the first for Ferrari since 1972 – followed only three races later in the Spanish Grand Prix. Although Lauda became the season's pacesetter, achieving six consecutive pole positions, a mixture of inexperience and mechanical unreliability meant Lauda won only one more race that year, the Dutch GP. He finished fourth in the Drivers' Championship and demonstrated immense commitment to testing and improving the car.

The 1975 F1 season started slowly for Lauda, but after nothing better than a fifth-place finish in the first four races he then won four out of the next five races in the new Ferrari 312T. His first World Championship was confirmed with a third place finish at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza; Lauda's teammate Regazzoni won the race and Ferrari clinched their first constructor's championship in 11 years; Lauda then picked up a fifth win at the last race of the year, the United States GP at Watkins Glen. He also became the first driver to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under 7 minutes, which was considered a huge feat as the Nordschleife section of the Nürburgring was 2 miles longer than it is today. Never one to be awed by the trappings of success, Lauda famously gave away any trophies he won to his local garage in exchange for his car to be washed and serviced.[5]

Unlike 1975 and despite tensions between Lauda and di Montezemolo's successor, Daniele Audetto, Lauda dominated the start of the 1976 F1 season, winning four of the first six races and finishing second in the other two. By the time of his fifth win of the year at the British GP, he had more than double the points of his closest challengers Jody Scheckter and James Hunt, and a second consecutive World Championship appeared a formality. It would be a feat not achieved since Jack Brabham's victories in 1959 and 1960. He also looked set to win the most races in a season, a record held by the late Jim Clark since 1963.

Niki Lauda practicing at the Nürburgring during the 1976 German Grand Prix

A week before the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, even though he was the fastest driver on that circuit at the time, Lauda urged his fellow drivers to boycott the race, largely because of the 23 kilometres (14 mi) circuit's safety arrangements. Most of the other drivers voted against the boycott and the race went ahead. On 1 August 1976 during the second lap at the very fast left kink before Bergwerk, Lauda was involved in an accident where his Ferrari swerved off the track, hit an embankment, burst into flames and made contact with Brett Lunger's Surtees-Ford car. As opposed to Lunger, Lauda was trapped in the wreckage. Drivers Arturo Merzario, Lunger, Guy Edwards and Harald Ertl arrived at the scene a few moments later, but before they were able to pull Lauda from his car, he suffered severe burns to his head and inhaled hot toxic gases that damaged his lungs and blood. As Lauda was wearing a modified helmet, the foam had compressed and it slid off his head after the accident, leaving his face exposed to the fire.[6] Although Lauda was conscious and able to stand immediately after the accident, he later lapsed into a coma.[7]

Lauda suffered extensive scarring from the burns to his head, losing most of his right ear as well as the hair on the right side of his head, his eyebrows and his eyelids. He chose to limit reconstructive surgery to replacing the eyelids and getting them to work properly. Since the accident he has always worn a cap to cover the scars on his head. He has arranged for sponsors to use the cap for advertising.

With Lauda out of the contest, Carlos Reutemann was taken on as his replacement. Ferrari boycotted the Austrian GP in protest at what they saw as preferential treatment shown towards McLaren driver James Hunt at the Spanish and British GPs.

Surprisingly, Lauda returned to race only six weeks (two races) later, appearing at the Monza press conference with his fresh burns still bandaged. He finished fourth in the Italian GP, despite being, by his own admission, absolutely petrified. F1 journalist Nigel Roebuck recalls seeing Lauda in the pits, peeling the blood-soaked bandages off his scarred scalp. He also had to wear a specially adapted AGV crash helmet so as to not be in too much discomfort. In Lauda's absence, Hunt had mounted a late charge to reduce Lauda's lead in the World Championship standings. Following wins in the Canadian and United States GPs, Hunt stood only three points behind Lauda before the final race of the season, the Japanese GP.

Lauda qualified third, one place behind Hunt, but on race day there was torrential rain and Lauda retired after two laps. He later said that he felt it was unsafe to continue under these conditions, especially since his eyes were watering excessively because of his fire-damaged tear ducts and inability to blink. Hunt led much of the race before his tires blistered and an inevitable pit stop dropped him down the order. He recovered to 3rd, thus winning the title by a single point.

Lauda's previously good relationship with Ferrari was severely affected by his decision to withdraw from the race, and he endured a difficult 1977 season, despite easily winning the championship through consistency rather than outright pace. Lauda disliked his new teammate, Reutemann, who had already served as his replacement driver while he had been out of contest. Lauda was not comfortable with this move and felt he had been let down by Ferrari. “We never could stand each other, and instead of taking pressure off me, they put on even more by bringing Carlos Reutemann into the team.”[8] Having announced his decision to quit Ferrari at season's end, Lauda left earlier because of the team's decision to run the unknown Gilles Villeneuve in a third car at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Brabham and first retirement 1978-1981[edit]

Five years after his first retirement, Lauda won his third title driving a McLaren MP4/2.

Having joined Brabham in 1978 for a $1 million salary, Lauda endured two unsuccessful seasons, notable mainly for his one race in the Brabham BT46B, a radical design known as the Fan Car: it won its first and only race at the Swedish GP, but Brabham did not use the car in F1 again; other teams vigorously protested the fan car's legality and Brabham team owner Bernie Ecclestone, who at the time was maneuvering for acquisition of Formula One's commercial rights, did not want to fight a protracted battle over the car, but the victory in Sweden remained official. The Brabham BT46 Alfa Romeo began the 1978 season at the third race in South Africa. It suffered from a variety of troubles that forced Lauda to retire the car 9 out of 14 races. Lauda's best results, apart from the win in Sweden and one in Italy after the penalization of Mario Andretti and Gilles Villeneuve, were a 2nd in Montreal and Great Britain, and a 3rd in the Netherlands. At the 1979 Canadian Grand Prix, after a second season marred by retirements and poor pace, Lauda informed Brabham that he wished to retire immediately, as he had no more desire to "drive around in circles". Lauda, who in the meantime had founded Lauda Air, a charter airline, returned to Austria to run the company full-time.

McLaren comeback and second retirement 1982–1985[edit]

In 1982 Lauda returned to racing. After a successful test with McLaren, the only problem was in convincing then team sponsor Marlboro that he was still capable of winning. Lauda proved he was still quite capable when, in his third race back, he won the Long Beach Grand Prix. Before the opening race of the season at Kyalami race track in South Africa, Lauda was the organiser of the so-called ‘drivers' strike’; Lauda had seen that the new Super-License required the drivers to commit themselves to their present teams and realised that this could hinder a driver's negotiating position. The drivers, with the exception of Teo Fabi, barricaded themselves in a banqueting suite at Sunnyside Park Hotel until they had won the day.[9]

Lauda won a third world championship in 1984 by half a point over teammate Alain Prost, due only to half points being awarded for the shortened 1984 Monaco Grand Prix. His Austrian Grand Prix victory that year is so far the only time an Austrian has won his home Grand Prix. Initially, Lauda did not want Prost to become his team mate, as he presented a much faster rival. However, during the two seasons together, they had a good relationship and Lauda later admitted that beating the talented Frenchman was a big motivator for him.[10] The whole season continued to be dominated by Lauda and Prost, who won 12 of 16 races. Lauda won five races, while Prost was able to win seven Grands Prix. However, Lauda, who was able to set records for most Pole Position in a season during the 1975 season, rarely matched his teammate in qualifying. Despite this, Lauda's championship win came in Estoril, when he had to start in eleventh place on the grid, while Prost qualified on the front row. Prost did everything he could in Portugal, starting from second and winning his 7th race of the season. But Lauda's calculating drive (which included setting the fastest race lap), passing car after car, saw him finish second behind his team mate which gave him enough points to win his third title. His second place was a lucky one though as Nigel Mansell was in second for much of the race. However, as it was his last race with Lotus before joining Williams in 1985, Lotus boss Peter Warr refused to give Mansell the brakes he wanted for his car and predictably the Englishman retired with brake failure on lap 52. As Lauda had passed the Toleman of F1 rookie Ayrton Senna for third place only a few laps earlier, Mansell's retirement elevated him to second behind Prost.

1985 was a poor season for Lauda, with eleven retirements from the fourteen races he started. He did not start the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps after crashing and breaking his wrist during practice, and he later missed the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch; John Watson replaced him for that race. He did manage 4th at the San Marino Grand Prix, 5th at the German Grand Prix, and a single race win at the Dutch Grand Prix where he held off a fast finishing Prost late in the race. This proved to be his last Grand Prix victory and also the last Formula One Grand Prix held in the Netherlands. After announcing his impending retirement at the 1985 Austrian Grand Prix, he retired for good at the end of that season.

Niki Lauda's final Formula One Grand Prix drive was the inaugural Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide, South Australia. After qualifying 16th, a steady drive saw him leading by lap 53. However, the McLaren's ceramic brakes suffered on the street circuit and he crashed out of the lead at the end of the long Brabham Straight on lap 57 when his brakes finally failed. He was one of only two drivers in the race who had actually driven in the non-championship 1984 Australian Grand Prix, the other being the man who would not only win in Adelaide in 1985 but would take Lauda's place at McLaren in 1986, 1982 World Champion Keke Rosberg.

In September 2012 he was appointed non-executive chairman of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.[11] He took part in the negotiations of signing Lewis Hamilton to a three-year deal with AMG Mercedes.[12]

Helmet[edit]

Lauda's helmet was originally a plain red with his full name written on the sides and the Raiffeisen Bank logo in the chin area. He wore a modified AGV helmet in the weeks following his Nürburgring accident so as the lining would not aggravate his burned scalp too badly. In 1982, upon his return for McLaren, his helmet was white and featured the red "L" logo of Lauda Air instead of his name on the sides, complete with branding from his personal sponsor Parmalat on the top. For 1983–1985, the red and white were reversed to evoke memories of his earlier design.

Roles beyond F1[edit]

Lauda in 1996

Lauda returned to running his airline, Lauda Air, on his second Formula One retirement in 1985. During his time as airline manager, he was appointed consultant at Ferrari as part of an effort by Montezemolo to rejuvenate the team.[13] After selling his Lauda Air shares to majority partner Austrian Airlines in 1999, he managed the Jaguar Formula One racing team from 2001 to 2002. In late 2003, he started a new airline, Niki. Lauda holds a commercial pilot's license and from time to time acted as a captain on the flights of his airline.[citation needed] Lauda Air ceased operations in July 2013.[citation needed]

He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993 and since 1996 has provided commentary on Grands Prix for Austrian and German television on RTL. He was, however, rapped for calling Robert Kubica a "polacke" which is abusive mix of two words: Pole and Kakerlake (cockroach) and means "polish cockroach". It happened on air in May 2010 at the Monaco Grand Prix.[14][15]

Niki Lauda has written five books: The Art and Science of Grand Prix Driving (titled Formula 1: The Art and Technicalities of Grand Prix Driving in some markets) (1975); My Years With Ferrari (1978); The New Formula One: A Turbo Age (1984); Meine Story (titled To Hell and Back in some markets) (1986); Das dritte Leben (1996).[16] Lauda credits Austrian journalist Herbert Volker with editing the books.

Lauda is sometimes known by the nickname "the rat", "SuperRat" or "King Rat" because of his prominent bucked teeth. He has been associated with both Parmalat and Viessmann, sponsoring the ever present 'cappy' he has worn since 1976, used to hide the severe burns he sustained in his 1976 accident. Lauda said in a 2009 interview with the German newspaper Die Zeit that an advertiser was paying €1.2m for the space on his famous red cap.[17]

In 2005 the Austrian post office issued a stamp honouring him.[18] In 2008, American sports television network ESPN ranked him 22nd on their top drivers of all-time.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Lauda has two sons with first wife, Marlene (divorced 1991): Mathias, a racing driver himself, and Lukas, who also acts as Mathias's manager. Lauda has a son, Christoph, through an extra-marital relationship. In 2008 he married Birgit, who is 30 years his junior and was a flight attendant for his airline. She donated a kidney to Lauda when the kidney he received in a transplant from his brother, years earlier, failed. In September 2009 Birgit gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. [20]

Film[edit]

Daniel Brühl, Niki Lauda and Peter Morgan at the premiere of Rush in Vienna, Austria.

The 1976 F1 battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt was dramatized in the 2013 film Rush, where Lauda was portrayed by Daniel Brühl. Lauda himself made a cameo appearance at the end of the film. At this point Lauda said of Hunt's death, "When I heard he'd died age 45 of a heart attack I wasn't surprised, I was just sad." He also said that Hunt was one of his small number of friends, a smaller number of people he respected and the only man he had ever envied.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Pts.
1971 STP March Racing Team March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER AUT
Ret
ITA CAN USA NC 0
1972 STP March Racing Team March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 ARG
11
RSA
7
NC 0
March 721X Ford Cosworth DFV V8 ESP
Ret
MON
16
BEL
12
March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV V8 FRA
Ret
GBR
9
GER
Ret
AUT
10
ITA
13
CAN
DSQ
USA
NC
1973 Marlboro-BRM BRM P160C BRM V12 ARG
Ret
BRA
8
18th 2
BRM P160D BRM V12 RSA
Ret
BRM P160E BRM V12 ESP
Ret
BEL
5
MON
Ret
SWE
13
FRA
9
GBR
12
NED
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
DNS
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
1974 Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 312B3 Ferrari flat-12 ARG
2
BRA
Ret
RSA
16
ESP
1
BEL
2
MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
NED
1
FRA
2
GBR
5
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
4th 38
1975 Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 312B3 Ferrari flat-12 ARG
6
BRA
5
1st 64.5
Ferrari 312T Ferrari flat-12 RSA
5
ESP
Ret
MON
1
BEL
1
SWE
1
NED
2
FRA
1
GBR
8
GER
3
AUT
6
ITA
3
USA
1
1976 Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 312T Ferrari flat-12 BRA
1
RSA
1
USW
2
2nd 68
Ferrari 312T2 Ferrari flat-12 ESP
2
BEL
1
MON
1
SWE
3
FRA
Ret
GBR
1
GER
Ret
AUT NED ITA
4
CAN
8
USA
3
JPN
Ret
1977 Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 312T2 Ferrari flat-12 ARG
Ret
BRA
3
RSA
1
USW
2
ESP
DNS
MON
2
BEL
2
SWE
Ret
FRA
5
GBR
2
GER
1
AUT
2
NED
1
ITA
2
USA
4
CAN JPN 1st 72
1978 Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT45C Alfa Romeo flat-12 ARG
2
BRA
3
4th 44
Brabham BT46 Alfa Romeo flat-12 RSA
Ret
USW
Ret
MON
2
BEL
Ret
ESP
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
2
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
3
ITA
1
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
Brabham BT46B Alfa Romeo flat-12 SWE
1
1979 Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT48 Alfa Romeo V12 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA
6
USW
Ret
ESP
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
4
14th 4
Brabham BT49 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 CAN
DNP
USA
1982 Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4B Ford Cosworth DFV V8 RSA
4
BRA
Ret
USW
1
SMR BEL
DSQ
MON
Ret
DET
Ret
CAN
Ret
NED
4
GBR
1
FRA
8
GER
DNS
AUT
5
SUI
3
ITA
Ret
CPL
Ret
5th 30
1983 Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/1C Ford Cosworth DFV V8 BRA
3
USW
2
FRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
DNQ
BEL
Ret
DET
Ret
CAN
Ret
GBR
6
GER
DSQ
AUT
6
10th 12
McLaren MP4/1E TAG V6t NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
EUR
Ret
RSA
11
1984 Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2 TAG V6t BRA
Ret
RSA
1
BEL
Ret
SMR
Ret
FRA
1
MON
Ret
CAN
2
DET
Ret
DAL
Ret
GBR
1
GER
2
AUT
1
NED
2
ITA
1
EUR
4
POR
2
1st 72
1985 Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2B TAG V6t BRA
Ret
POR
Ret
SMR
4
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
DET
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
5
AUT
Ret
NED
1
ITA
Ret
BEL
DNS
EUR RSA
Ret
AUS
Ret
10th 14

Formula One non-championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6
1972 STP March Racing Team March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 ROC BRA INT OUL REP
DNS
VIC
1973 Marlboro-BRM BRM P160C BRM V12 ROC
Ret
INT
5
1974 Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 312B3 Ferrari flat-12 PRE ROC
2
INT
1975 Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 312T Ferrari flat-12 ROC INT
1
SUI
1976 Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 312T2 Ferrari flat-12 ROC
Ret
INT
1978 Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT45C Alfa Romeo flat-12 INT
Ret
1979 Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT48 Alfa Romeo V12 ROC
5
DIN
1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lauda, Hans". www.aeiou.at (in German). Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sportreport.at – Hall of Fame – die Besten der Besten". www.die-namenlosen.at (in German). Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  3. ^ BBC Grandstand tv show, Murray Walker report on Niki Lauda announcing retirement, September 1979. Accessed on YouTube 22 November 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAUcHWCRNyk
  4. ^ Was sind überhaupt Freunde?. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. 9. Juli 2010.
  5. ^ Gerald Donaldson. "Formula One Drivers Hall of Fame - Nikki Lauda". Formula One web site. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  6. ^ Tom Rubython: In the Name of Glory – 1976 Myrtle Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9565656-9-3, p. 163.
  7. ^ Lang, Mike (1983). Grand Prix! Vol 3. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 137. ISBN 0-85429-380-9. 
  8. ^ Tom Rubython: In the Name of Glory – 1976 Myrtle Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9565656-9-3, p. 187
  9. ^ Malcolm Folley: Senna versus Prost Century, 2009, ISBN 978-1-8460-5540-9, p. 79ff
  10. ^ Malcolm Folley: Senna versus Prost Century, 2009, ISBN 978-1-8460-5540-9, p. 153
  11. ^ "Lauda to join Mercedes in advisory role". GPUpdate.net. 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  12. ^ "Hamilton's Mercedes switch was not motivated by money, insists Lauda". MailOnline. 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  13. ^ Zapelloni, Umberto (April 2004). Formula Ferrari. Hodder & Stoughton. p. 17. ISBN 0-340-83471-4. 
  14. ^ "Formel-1-Experte Niki Lauda nennt Robert Kubica "Polacke"". www.shortnews.de (in German). 16 May 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Lauda obraził Roberta Kubicę!". sport.wp.pl (in Polish). 16 May 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  16. ^ Lauda, Niki (1987). To Hell And Back. London: Corgi Books. ISBN 0-552-99294-1. 
  17. ^ Kammertöns, Bruno (10 June 2009). "Es ist ein Glück, dass ich schon so viel Unglück erlebt habe". Die Zeit (in German). 
  18. ^ "Austria Post honors Niki Lauda". www.stampnews.com. 20 September 2005. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  19. ^ "Kinser, Mansell, Garlits, Lauda, and Muldowney set high standards". ESPN. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  20. ^ "Ex-F1 world champion Niki Lauda is father to twins at 60.". MailOnline. 2009-09-19. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Franz Klammer
Austrian Sportsman of the year
1977
Succeeded by
Sepp Walcher
Preceded by
Nadia Comăneci
BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year
1977
Succeeded by
Muhammad Ali
Preceded by
Nelson Piquet
Autosport
International Racing Driver Award

1984
Succeeded by
Alain Prost
Sporting positions
Preceded by
James Hunt
BRDC International Trophy winner
1975
Succeeded by
James Hunt
Preceded by
Emerson Fittipaldi
Formula One World Champion
1975
Succeeded by
James Hunt
Preceded by
James Hunt
Formula One World Champion
1977
Succeeded by
Mario Andretti
Preceded by
None
Procar BMW M1 Champion
1979
Succeeded by
Nelson Piquet
Preceded by
Nelson Piquet
Formula One World Champion
1984
Succeeded by
Alain Prost