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Niki Lauda reunited with 1976 Ferrari 312T2 in Austria

Jun 22, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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As part of the support programme for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, some of the nation’s Formula 1 legends have been reunited with their old cars for a special Hall of Fame parade.

Most notably, three-time world champion Niki Lauda will be driving his Ferrari 312T2 car from the 1976 Formula 1 season, in which he fought back from a devastating crash and life-threatening at the German Grand Prix to finish second in the championship behind James Hunt. The story was most recently detailed in Ron Howard’s film Rush, which came out last year.

Gerhard Berger will also be taking part in the hall of fame race, running in his Ferrari 88C which he took to third place in the 1988 world championship.

Lauda and Berger will be joined out on track by a number of other former Austrian F1 drivers, including Helmut Marko, who is now an advisor at Red Bull. He will be getting behind the wheel of a 1972 BRM. From more recent years, Christian Klien will be driving his 2005 Red Bull RB1, Patrick Friesacher is in the Minardi from the same year, and Alex Wurz will be in the 1998 Benetton car.

After the hype of Rush last year, seeing Lauda behind the wheel of his car from that year is certainly going to bring back some good memories of the 1970s, and it is a great way to build up for the Austrian Grand Prix later today.

  1. seanb20124 - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Great movie, glad to see Nik is in good health

  2. testover6370 - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Austria was a good race at a beautiful track, but Lauda in his old car was the coolest moment of all.

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