Brutally honest: Lauda quizzed by the F1 paddock

Brutally honest: Lauda quizzed by the F1 paddock

The three-time world champion answers questions from his peers about piloting his jet, making F1 more appealing and why he hates cats. By Andrew van de Burgt

For more than 40 years Niki Lauda has been one of the most prominent characters in the F1 paddock. From humble beginnings as a pay driver at BRM, he rose to become one of the sport's superstars, leading a stellar period in Ferrari's history.

After dominating the 1975 season, he was heading for back-to-back titles in '76 before he suffered one of the worst accidents captured on film, at the Nürburgring. His subsequent recovery is ingrained in F1 legend, though the scars he carries from the accident that so nearly killed him remain traced across his face and skull.

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