‘Bye Niki’: Austria says farewell to F1 icon Lauda | AFP

Thousands throng Vienna’s landmark cathedral to mourn Formula One legend and Austrian national hero Niki Lauda at a ceremony attended by a host of F1 stars including world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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Niki Lauda’s casket brought out of Vienna Cathedral | AFP

The casket of Formula One legend and Austrian national hero Niki Lauda is brought out of Vienna’s landmark cathedral after a funeral ceremony attended by a host of F1 stars including world champion Lewis Hamilton. IMAGES

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A story of fire and ice: Niki Lauda, Formula One legend

On fire in a burning cockpit… Formula One legend Niki Lauda, who died late on Monday at the age of 70, will forever be known for his 1976 accident. But even the horrific crash could not shake the 1975 world champion’s icy determination — the Austrian staged a near-miraculous comeback to win two more titles.