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Lauda unfazed by Ferrari and Ecclestone - Damon Hill

Lauda unfazed by Ferrari and Ecclestone - Damon Hill

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Lauda unfazed by Ferrari and Ecclestone - Damon Hill

Lauda unfazed by Ferrari and Ecclestone - Damon Hill

Damon Hill believes that Niki Lauda was one of the few men who could sit down with Formula 1 supremos Enzo Ferrari and Bernie Ecclestone with a manner that would show them “he meant business”, while Martin Brundle has also paid tribute to the Austrian.

Lauda passed away on Tuesday morning during his attempted recovery from kidney problems, with the F1 world subsequently sharing their tributed to the three-time world champion.

Never one to mince his words, Lauda freely spoke his mind throughout his career and famously refused to take part in the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix as he deemed the track to be too unsafe. It is his no-nonsense attitude which Hill reckons earned him the respect of Ferrari and Ecclestone.

"He was one of the few men who could sit down with Enzo Ferrari and Bernie Ecclestone, look them straight in the eye and they knew he meant business,” he said.

"He was a remarkable individual in every way

"Everyone who was in motor racing knew Niki's personality as one of the most potent individuals in the sport.

"Not only as a driver, he was highly intellectual, he was stoic and someone who was eminently quotable all the time.

"It's very sad to hear we've lost Niki but so many people have been affected positively by having known him."

Sky Sports pundit Martin Brundle concurs with his colleague, calling Lauda “remarkable.”

"He was a remarkable individual, both in the racing car and out. He was a man who transcended Formula 1," said Brundle.

"Even if you're not necessarily a Formula 1 fan you knew about Niki Lauda, three times a Formula 1 world champion."

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