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Lauda quits Air Berlin board of directors

Niki Lauda switches focus to Mercedes F1 team, leaves Air Berlin board

Niki Lauda has stood down from the board of directors at Air Berlin in order to concentrate on his new role with the Mercedes F1 team.

Lauda took up a management role with the Mercedes F1 team at the end of last year, with his appointment confirmed in the wake of the announcement that the squad had successfully poached Lewis Hamilton from McLaren.

Initially it was thought that the 63-year-old would work alongside Mercedes team principal, Ross Brawn and Mercedes motorsport boss, Norbert Haug. However Haug stood down at the end of 2012 by 'mutual agreement'. Haug later said the team's poor performance was the reason for his exit, rather than the arrival of Lauda.

Lauda, who won the F1 drivers' title in 1975, 1977 and 1984, previously held a management role with the now defunct Jaguar F1 team. He was also a consultant for Ferrari between 1992 to 1997.

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January 03, 2013 4:04 PM

shaken. a rather cruel comment. niki was extremely badly injured at the ring. he made a miraculous return, against all oddsand still could have won the wdc. the race in japan was very wet, and as a person who had been near death, niki decided that to race was just too risky. it takes a very brave man to risk throwing away a wdc! in canada, after a come back, he decided he had had enough. made a sensible decision and called it a day. that is hardly "quitting". he had other interests such as founding his airline which was subsequently merged with austrian, but then started up a new airline, NIKI. possibly helped by air berlin who put him on their board. i have far more regard for niki than i would have for 90% of the current grid


January 03, 2013 10:11 PM
Last Edited 481 days ago

@richard Good question. Excluding Massa, of the current crop it's hard to say, thankfully none has suffered life threatening injuries apart fron Robert Kubica and he's jumped into a rally car again after almost dying in one....that takes courage. It's not the same but having had a couple of bike prangs I know how hard it is to go out again and be as enthusiastic into a blind right hander. I'd say Mika Hakkinen had some balls to come back, if it wasn't for Sid Walkins he wouldn't be here but he came back and won the WDC twice. That takes courage or 'Sisu'...then again the Finns are a bit bonkers :) It took huge courage to do what Lauda did though and I'd never critisise him saying for enough is enough. Courage and a death wish are two different things.

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