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RasputinLives

Not dead
Contributor
Think you need to re re read the thread. That's what we were trying to say. You were excluded someone. racecub sometimes your arguments make me feel like I'm on crack. It like you come here looking for a reaction.
 

Izumi

Points Scorer
Get well Niki sounds probably hollow, whilst he is in IC unit. I like this guy and would like to have him back asap, if possible. We need him, and F1 might need his dry humor and shocking openness as well. (I am a fan of German road cars, not that much, if at all of LH.)
 

Angel

🧸 Smile, it might never happen.
Contributor
From what I read Niki Lauda has had a severe bout of flu and is over the worst of it now thankfully.

So on the last day of testing George Russell beat the fastest ever lap at Hungaroring in a Mercedes. That sounds ominous for the rest of the season if you're not a Merc fan!!
 

Izumi

Points Scorer
I am learning only today about lung transplant, realizing, that active life of our friend in F1 has most likely come to the end. I am not a medic, but I doubt that travel and overall hyperactivity would be good for Niki at this stage. The man represents many things to many people, but like him or not, he has always interjected common sense in various situations when that went missing. This is coming unfortunately in critical stage of technical negotiations, and his voice of experience from simpler times could have been useful. Notwithstanding circumstances, I would like to see him visiting us as often as he pleases. Always welcomed on my screen.
 

cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
Staff member
Premium Contributor
I admire Niki Lauda a great deal but I've always wondered exactly what he brings to the party at Mercedes? I imagine he does provide a good (metaphorical) slap around the back of the head to Hamilton at times which may serve to keep him somewhat grounded. I shudder to think what he'd be like with out that. Niki clearly doesn't suffer fools gladly and says what he thinks but in business terms, Toto's the man who runs the show.
 

Izumi

Points Scorer
cider_and_toast
Niki is being credited for a deal between MB and Ecclestone. Brawn and Ecclestone - as it was rumored - didn't see eye to eye, and MB was going to end up without a deal, and almost out of the F1. Niki saved the day, and Dr. Zetsche made him liason between UK based racing operations and Stuttgart (so Torger didn't had to). That's how I understand it. Niki was part of team evolution regarding efficiency of operations (approval process).
 

vintly

Mostly bacon
Premium Contributor
To me Niki Lauda is the greatest living legend in F1. This is in large part due to that crash and how he came back, but his record speaks for itself, and he’s never been dull or dirty (spit cough Prost Schumacher spit). He’s always fun to listen to and cuts to the nub of the issue with a smile. Long live Niki.
 

Izumi

Points Scorer
Niki had a week to live, had not been lung in Germany found and flown to Wien. This leaves me speechless.
 

Titch

Champion Elect
Premium Contributor
Oh so this is where the Nicki Lauda stuff is, I posted on the mid term thread. Sorry. I did think it was a very muted reaction to the news.

:embarrassed:
 

Angel

🧸 Smile, it might never happen.
Contributor
Niki had a week to live, had not been lung in Germany found and flown to Wien. This leaves me speechless.
Yeah but someone else had to die to get him the lung, that's the reality of this. I am glad he got it, obviously as his life has been saved, again. He's really had some tough times with his health hasn't he? I hope he gets better and if he's up to it, I hope we see him back in the Mercedes garage, the man does speak a lot of sense.

Apparently his recovery is going well, that's good news too.

Vienna hospital says Lauda showing “continuous improvement”
 
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sobriety

Pole Sitter
Very true, and it's why opt-out* organ donation can't come soon enough.

*I've already opted in. and I ride a bicycle&motorbike. So I'm both healthy and likely to get splattered. So there.
 

Titch

Champion Elect
Premium Contributor
In the opt out scenario all organs are up for grabs. I’m not sure anyone would want some of mine.
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
As someone once said on tv show. "There's your problem" no wonder most of grid is & has been in financial :censored: for while. No one with pure talent can get on the grid as they need anyone with a massive wallet. As 309.7m i nearly spit my drink out when i saw it. Because thats works out at £7.75m per car per weekend. Thats ridiclous. in no way can be sustainable & needs slashing by 2/3rds quickly

Johnny Herbert last week said when he started lotus had £12m budget (£19m equilvant now) for entire season. Which means that by china just on Lewis car. They spent more than lotus in early 90s
 
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