Picture Niki Lauda on Instagram

The sport of Formula One united yesterday to pay tribute to its three-times world champion, Niki Lauda, who has died at the age of 70.

The Austrian’s family announced , he “passed away peacefully” on Monday,
according to a statement by his family reported by the Austria Press Agency.

Just nine months after receiving a lung transplant. Lauda, who won titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984, was hugely admired, respected within F1 after a remarkable career during which he won two titles for Ferrari and one for McLaren and came back from an horrific accident in 1976.

Sebastian Kurz, Austrian chancellor, said: “Niki, we will miss you . . . The whole country and the motor sports world are mourning a really great Austrian.”