Happy Birthday to… NIKI LAUDA

Birthday: 22 February 1949 (age 68)
Nationality: 🇦🇹
Active years: 1971–1979, 1982–1985
Teams: March, BRM, Ferrari, Brabham, McLaren
Entries: 177 (171 starts)
Championships: 3 (1975, 1977, 1984)
Wins: 25
Podiums: 54
Career points: 420.5
Pole positions: 24
Fastest laps: 24
First entry: 1971 Austrian Grand Prix
First win: 1974 Spanish Grand Prix
Last win: 1985 Dutch Grand Prix
Last entry: 1985 Australian Grand Prix

why I love formula one

a selection of reasons and a look back on moments throughout the years that have reminded me just why I love this sport so much


  • when the drivers mess around

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  • #placesalonsowouldratherbe
  • dancing drivers

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  • dancing mechanics
  • dancing marshals

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  • how the drivers get along so well with each other

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  • when vettel got bored and overtook two drivers in the pitlane with literally zero effort

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  • team twitter sass
  • when all else fails, get the duct tape
  • the Suzuka puppets
  • crazy fan costumes

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  • Button’s cake obsession

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  • how excited we get when random animals appear on the track

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  • when the drivers pull faces/smile for the camera

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  • how much kimi raikkonen doesn’t give a shit

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  • “Felipe, baby”
  • lucky nipple tweak

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  • swearing over team radio
  • the famous kimi quote
  • that one time when all the teams raced boats down the pit lane during the rain in Suzuka
  • Mexican waving at Silverstone

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  • Riccardo drinking out of his shoe and then forcing Webber to do the same
  • amazing driver abbreviation coincidences ‘BUT GRO PER’
  • smiley Dan

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  • awesome helmet designs
  • vettel’s victory doughnuts
  • car worshipping
  • the night races
  • when two drivers who are on the podium don’t like each other and the other driver stands awkwardly and gives an The Office style look to the camera
  • sebastian choosing to go deep into a corner and lock up so he wouldn’t hit a seagull and then teasing Hamilton for not braking for it after the race

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  • Maurizio being adorable
  • Kevin and the banana
  • Rosberg’s adorable clumsiness

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  • mclaren’s new team member at singapore
  • how every time Kimi gets onto the podium they never have actual champagne
  • the love everyone has for the driver’s wives

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  • the pirelli stetsons in Austin
  • the pirelli ushankas in Russia
  • the pirelli sombreros in mexico
  • when one of the driver’s pours champagne over the interviewer
  • the fact that Hulkenberg takes his little Hulk Pop! vinyl around the world with him and takes pictures for his Twitter with it
  • that time when Jenson and Fernando snuck onto the podium

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  • when Vettel put the whole front wing of his car into the cockpit
  • when drivers hijack the marshal’s scooter and drive them both back to the pits

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  • the red wigs
  • sauber vs force india pit lane crate rowing

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  • that time when kimi got out the car during a red flag period and just ate an ice cream without a care in the world
  • the marshal teddy bear at Hungary
  • adorable little felipinho
  • and to finish off, just a selection of hilarious fernando alonso moments

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