(F1 Champion & Founder and CEO LAUDA AIR and FLYNIKKI )NIKI LAUDA, né le 22 février 1949 à Vienne en Autriche, est un ancien pilote de course automobile autrichien. Il a notamment couru en Formule 1 de 1971 à 1979, puis de 1982 à 1985 et remporté à trois reprises le titre de champion du monde des pilotes (1975, 1977 et 1984).

Régulièrement présent sur les Grand Prix après sa retraite sportive, Lauda retrouve une fonction officielle en 1992, en devenant consultant pour la Scuderia Ferrari, à la demande du nouveau Président Luca di Montezemolo  (qui était son directeur sportif à ses débuts chez Ferrari). En sa qualité de consultant, on a beaucoup dit que Lauda avait eu un rôle actif dans le recrutement de Jean Todt courant 1993. Fin 1995, Lauda quitte Ferrari.

La compagnie aérienne de Lauda ayant été rachetée par Austrian Airlines, NIKI LAUDA CONFERENCIER est plus ou moins poussé dehors par les nouveaux propriétaires au début des années 2000. Il se replonge alors dans la Formule 1 en prenant en deux temps les commandes de l'écurie Jaguar Racing. Mais au bout d'un an, il est remercié par les dirigeants de Ford.

Aujourd'hui, en sa qualité de consultant pour la chaîne de télévision allemande RTL, NIKI LAUDA CONFERENCIER est toujours présent sur les circuits. Il a également monté en 2003 une nouvelle compagnie aérienne nommée Niki. Son fils Mathias Lauda s'est lancé dans le sport automobile. En 2006, il disputera notamment le championnat DTM. Les médias ont reparlé de lui suite à sa deuxième greffe de rein, don d'un membre de sa famille.

Domaines d'intervention de NIKI LAUDA CONFERENCIER :
 Motivation
 Leadership
 Formula One

Langues parlées, anglais, allemand

 

 

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(F1 Champion & Founder and CEO LAUDA AIR and FLYNIKKI )

NIKI LAUDA has one of the most famous names and faces in the world of Formula One. A legacy not only of his horrific fiery crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix, but also of his success as a driver and businessman. He won two world championships in the 1970s, retired from racing to set up his own airline, and then returned to the cockpit to capture a third title.

NIKI LAUDA comes from a wealthy Viennese background, and traded on his family name to secure loans that allowed him to go racing against his father’s wishes. He made his F1 debut at his home GP in 1971 at the wheel of a March, and drove a full season with the team the following year. For 1973 he moved to BRM, and for the first time in his racing career was paid to drive rather than vice versa. In uncompetitive machinery he produced impressive performances and was snapped up by Ferrari for the ’74 campaign.

His first win came three races into his Ferrari career, and he went on to finish fourth in the championship. It all went right for the Austrian the following season, and he took five wins on his way to the title. He looked set to repeat his success in 1976, when NIKI LAUDA crashed with near fatal consequences at the daunting Nurburgring. Miraculously he was back in action after missing just two races, and went into the final round of the championship with a slender points lead. His brave decision to withdraw from the race due to dangerous wet conditions handed the title to James Hunt, but Lauda regained his crown in 1977.

He left Ferrari for Brabham, but became disillusioned with F1 and retired midway through 1979 to set up LaudaAir. However, three years later he was back in F1 with McLaren. Two wins came during his comeback season, and in 1984 he took his third world championship by the narrowest of margins, half a point.

At the end of the 1985 season NIKI LAUDA SPEAKER
retired from F1 for the second time. He built his airline into a serious international operation, and in 1992 he returned to Ferrari to act as a consultant. He left the team and F1 again five years later.

LaudaAir was taken over by Austrian Airlines in 2001.



 TOPICS OF NIKI LAUDA SPEAKER
 Motivation
 Leadership
 Formula One

LANGUAGES SPOKEN OF NIKI LAUDA SPEAKER
English
German