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Re: The 'Questions That Don't Warrant Their Own Thread' Thread

Post by Antonov » 4 months ago

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I assume it must have been something along the lines of "it just took off and I didn't see it again".

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Post by hollie3sa » 4 months ago

Yeah, you're probably right.

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Post by Antonov » 3 months ago

Did Lauda make his comeback in 1982 due to missing F1, or due to much needed funds for his company?

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 3 months ago

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Did Lauda make his comeback in 1982 due to missing F1, or due to much needed funds for his company?
Neither.... he says he returned for the challenge (but I am sure the money helped, as he would have needed plenty to set up Lauda Air.) He had decided he was not going to race for less that he earnt as a WDC, and would still be the highest paid driver.

When he retired he did so mid race weekend because he was in his own words because he was bored, and there was no challenge, it was only painful. He had just tested the car he would have been driving the following year with Brabham, and he was being powered by a DFV V8, the first time since he was with March he had not had 12 cylinders. So after practice in Canada he walked away from F1, left his suit and helmet behind and went to the airport. He had lost all his motivation for F1. His airline had become his new challenge.

For two years he did not go to a race, watch on TV or even follow results of races. He just worked on his airline.Then one day he was asked to commentate at a race, just after Ron Dennis had asked him if he ever thought of a comeback (Niki said no). At the race he commentated on there was a big startline crash, and it excited him. He just decided he wanted to be in F1 again, he wanted to take risks again.

Ron again offered him a chance to just try a car if he wished, so he agreed to run in a Mclaren at a private and 'secret' day at Donnington.It went well and he was fairly quick, so he asked for a big wad of cash. Marlboro baulked at his demands, thinking he was past his best.... so Niki did a deal where he would come back on a three race contract on his (financial) terms and if after three races he had not proved himself they could sack him no questions asked. He finished 4th in his first race, DNFd with a mechanical fault in the second, and won the third race. McLaren and Marlboro were happy.... they had won just one race in the two years Niki was retired. Niki was contracted on his financial terms.

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Post by PTRACER » 3 months ago

@Everso Biggyballies Niki was a clever man.
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