Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda died Monday at the age of 70. Widely respected across all motorsports disciplines, Lauda was an inspiration to many in the motorsports world.
In the hours after his passing, many in the motorsports world took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Austrian racing great. SPEED SPORT has collected some of those messages below.
“From success, you learn absolutely nothing. From failure & setbacks, conclusions can be drawn. That goes for your private life as well as your career.” – Niki Lauda.
A true icon of our sport. Saddened for the entire Motorsport community. #RIPNiki
— Ryan Hunter-Reay (@RyanHunterReay) May 21, 2019
RIP Champ ?? Hard to believe anything could happen to the drivers who survived that period. A real motorsport legend, Niki Lauda ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Q3CXcfrOBw
— Jack Harvey (@jack_harvey42) May 21, 2019
RIP the Great #NikiLauda. Here’s our last meeting in #MonteCarlo in ‘18 We first met while making the movie Rush. The F1 world knows of his grit & intensely competitive spirit, but that matched w/his keen intelligence & wisdom made him a distinctively remarkable man. a force. pic.twitter.com/SMizNt9Hge
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) May 21, 2019
My heart is heavy today, mourning the loss of a colleague and friend. Niki Lauda… a true-blue wonderful man pic.twitter.com/iOLPAZ9NG1
— Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) May 21, 2019
Very sad to hear the world has lost Niki. He’s always been a driver who’s story and work ethic I’ve really admired. Rest In Peace champ. pic.twitter.com/SOlkBoCI16
— Zach Veach (@ZachVeach) May 21, 2019
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) May 21, 2019
Everyone at Ferrari is deeply saddened at the news of the death of our dear friend Niki Lauda. He won two of his three world championships with us and will always be in our hearts and in those of all Ferrari fans. Our sincere condolences go to all his family and friends.#CiaoNiki pic.twitter.com/mbzZBNZiRZ
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) May 21, 2019
Niki Lauda was a pure example of hard work pays off! He said he had a great ass & could feel everything the car was doing. My Hero and I wish I was a Senna but I often think I was born more like a Lauda! Thank you Niki for all that you gave the sport, sad you have left us ? pic.twitter.com/XcAW1AfGco
— Simon Pagenaud (@simonpagenaud) May 21, 2019
Very sad day.
Rest in peace Legend. ? pic.twitter.com/aN5w32MAe5
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) May 21, 2019
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) May 21, 2019
Immense sadness to hear that Niki Lauda died – Ouch – one of my hero’s – gladly raced in his era – strong, focused, dedicated to the end result, no matter what, admired, brilliant, RIP my friend. pic.twitter.com/RkUYDA27GD
— Derek Daly (@DerekDaly500) May 21, 2019
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) May 21, 2019
It was a pleasure meeting you Niki Lauda, you will be missed. May you Rest In Peace.
Monaco GP 2017 pic.twitter.com/JjTR7nU45q
— Rico Abreu (@Rico_Abreu) May 21, 2019