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Tributes pour in across the East of England for legendary F1 driver Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda has passed away at the age of 70. Credit: PA

Tributes are being paid across the East of England to three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda who has died at the age of 70.

The Austrian driver, who underwent a lung transplant in August, “passed away peacefully” on Monday, his family confirmed.

Lauda had a strong association with the East, and briefly became the team principal at the Milton Keynes-based Jaguar team from 2001 to 2002.

  • Watch a report from Niki Lauda's unveiling at Jaguar in 2001

He then went on to become a non-executive chairman for the Northamptonshire-based Mercedes team, and played a key role in attracting Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton to Brackley.

Lauda will probably be most remembered for the incredible way he returned to racing after suffering serious burns in a terrible crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix at The Nürburgring.

His legendary rivalry with British driver James Hunt was brought to life on the big screen in the 2013 film 'Rush' - part of which was shot at the Snetterton racetrack in Norfolk.

  • How the racing world reacted to Niki Lauda's death

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