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The former Formula One driver and three-time world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70.

The Austrian died overnight on Monday, eight months after receiving a lung transplant.

Niki Lauda, who won titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984, was hugely admired, respected and liked within F1 after a remarkable career during which he won two titles for Ferrari and one for McLaren and came back from an horrific accident that left him severely burned and injured in 1976. He competed in 171 races and won 25.

Post his racing career, he became an airline entrepreneur. Recently he was working as a non-executive chairman for the Formula 1 Mercedes team, responsible in bringing in British driver Lewis Hamilton, who has won five world championships.

Niki Lauda competed in 171 races and won 25. He was an exceptional Austrian driver, brave and uncompromising but with fine judgement. 

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