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Piola on Lauda: “He was a different person” after ’76 crash

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May 23, 2019, 6:00 AM

Niki Lauda, who passed away this week aged 70, famously produced two successful Formula 1 comebacks during his grand prix career.


After his near-fatal crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix, Lauda returned to finish fourth at the Italian GP for Ferrari three races later, and recovered to win the 1977 world title, his second triumph.

He then won a third world championship – this time with McLaren – in 1984 after briefly retiring from racing at the end of ’79.

In this video, Edd Straw is joined by Giorgio Piola, who knew Lauda throughout his F1 career and offers a personal account of triple world champion, as well as explaining how Lauda’s accident in 1976 changed him into a new person who was “even more wonderful than the first”.

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