F1 legend Niki Lauda dies aged 70

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70.

The Austrian is regarded as having undertaken one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history. He was badly burned in a crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix and had the last rites read to him in hospital. 40 days later he was back again competing for the championship title.

He took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984.

A new generation of fans was introduced to Lauda in the acclaimed 2013 film Rush, which detailed his rivalry with British driver James Hunt, the 1976 world champion.

Lauda, who underwent a lung transplant in August, "passed away peacefully" on Monday, his family said.

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