Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70.
It was confirmed by Lauda’s family that he had passed on Monday, nine months after undergoing a lung transplant.
“In deep mourning, we announce that our beloved Niki has passed away peacefully with his family on Monday,” the family statement read.
“His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable. His tireless drive, straightforwardness and courage remain an example and a benchmark for all of us.”
“He was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather away from the public.”
Lauda took a three-year break from F1 at the end of 1979 in order to focus on his commercial interests, but returned in 1982 with McLaren, going on to win a third and final world title in 1984.
He remained a regular figure in the paddock for another three decades following his retirement in 1985, most recently enjoying a non-executive role with Mercedes during its recent dominance of F1.