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Brilliant racer, winning three times on the world Cup racing, Niki Lauda, Austrian recognized as the best racer, among the participants of “Formula 1”. Lauda biography is full of bright events. And whatever happens, the faithful wife of Niki Lauda was always there.
First wife of Niki Lauda — Marlene Knaus
First Andreas Nikolaus Lauda (born. 22.02.1949, Vienna, Austria) married in 1976. Wife, Nicki, Lagudi was beautiful Marlene Knaus. In the same year Niki Lauda gets in a terrible car accident, which occurred during the competition. In a month and a half was a struggle for his life, and his wife Marlene had not left him a single step.
Niki Lauda and Marlene Knaus
Shortly before the accident, Niki Lauda proposed drivers to abandon the competition on a poorly prepared track at the Nurburgring. However, his proposal colleagues rejected. During the race, Lauda’s car was thrown from the track, it collided with a guardrail, and caught fire. The burning car blocked the road racing driver Bret Lancero, which at high speed crashed into a burning car. After the collision, burning for both cars. Niki Lauda helped to get out of the burning car, but he had severe burns of the hands and head. The situation was compounded by the fact that Nicky had to inhale exhaust fumes.
Burning the car of Niki Lauda
Once in the hospital, Niki Lauda was in a coma. Doctors struggled for his life. Permanent nurse became his wife Marlene Knaus. And then six weeks later Niki Lauda appeared again on the track. The accident at the Nurburgring, forced riders to cover the terrible scars on his head the red cap, which eventually became an integral part of its image.
The marriage of Niki Lauda and Marlene lasted fifteen years. During this time the family gave birth to sons Mathias and Lucas.
Mathias and Lucas Lauda
Second wife of Niki Lauda, Birgit Watzinger
In 2008, Niki married Birgit Bettinger (b. 1979), where they met. Birgit was a flight attendant in the airline of Niki Lauda. In one of his interview, the driver admitted that the second wife changed his life. Birgit Lauda was saved by nick, giving him his own kidney.
Birgit Watzinger and Niki Lauda
Nicky it was hard to realize that a woman gave her kidney to the man she loved. Wife of the former pilot of Formula 1, Birgit, Watzinger, became for him not only a wife but also a friend. Early in the seventies of the last century, racing career, as such, did not exist. And when there was a question of choice, then the rider had no one to consult. He had to decide all by yourself.
Niki Lauda wife Birgit and children, Max and MIA
Now Birgit Lauda — his best friend, with whom he can consult on any question. “I married this lovely woman, not because she gave me her kidney. I just loved her sincerely, with all my heart, and in 2009 we had twins, Max and MIA. I really have been very lucky,” admits Lauda.
Children Of Niki Lauda
Today the personal life of the famous Austrian Niki Lauda is the hero racing “Formula -1”, which won 2 League titles, speaking for Ferrari and 1 for McLaren, became more vivid and interesting. He is a businessman, a sought-after expert on racing and sports commentator on the popular German TV channel RTL.
Niki Lauda in his youth
Niki Lauda is very proud of his children. Two sons from the first marriage of Mathias and Lucas maintain good relations with him. Mathias Lauda (born. 30.01.1981, Salzburg), like his father, was a racing driver, acting in the DTM series.
Niki Lauda’s first wife Marlene and their son Matias
Second son Lucas is a Manager at the brother. The family of Lucas, not so long ago settled in Barcelona, soon expected addition to the family. It should be noted that the parents of Niki Lauda were prosperous bankers and even could not imagine that their son and grandson will be racing drivers.
Photo: Niki Lauda with his sons Matthias Laudau and Lucas Laudau
Photo: Niki Lauda today
Children of Niki Lauda from his second marriage, Max and MIA, do not cease to please his father, which shows their family photo. And she Birgit Watzinger, surprisingly the older children made friends with ex-wife Nikki, Marlene. In their family there is never conflicts and disputes. Lucas Lauda on the matter that Nicky and Birgit got along great: “Birgit is a wonderful mother and a good wife who helps his father in everything. Thanks to her Nicknames became less selfish, more humane, and finally began to enjoy my personal life”