“Formula One icon, Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda is an Austrian former Formula One driver and a three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion. In Bahrain at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, he spoke to Gulf Auto Zone on the Bahrain circuit and what keeps it ticking”
Formula One icon, Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda is an Austrian former Formula One driver and a three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion. In Bahrain at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, he spoke to Gulf Auto Zone on the Bahrain circuit and what keeps it ticking.
The man won in 1975, 1977 and 1984 and is currently the only driver to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren, the sport’s two most successful constructors. He was also a consultant for Scuderia Ferrari He is currently working as a pundit for German TV during Grand Prix weekends and acts as non-executive chairman of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.
“Bahrain is an interesting circuit. On day one when it was opened it became an international event. Then on came the lights and racing in the night became a reality,” said Niki Lauda. “It is a fantastic event.” The way ahead for Bahrain is really a movement forward.”
The new rules coming in are expected to add to the positives, with more spectators and more television viewers, he said. Bahrain weather presents a different menu and one has to view it in its positives. One really has to enjoy the race. The track is unlike most others, in that it is a technically created tracks and therefore the challenges are different. One needs to look forward and look to breaking the challenges, said the icon.
Going down memory lane, Lauda compared his days at racing it with the modern times and what he said is , “the race surely has changed much, for the better. Bahrain presented the first challenge of racing in the desert. I enjoy coming to Bahrain and seeing the track. The sport of Formula One racing, when I look at it from the days when I was a driver, has undergone a seachange. It has become more safer. The new rules in place are expected to make it even more safer and more enjoyable, with increased speed.
Yes the sport is much more safer, but I do not know if it is as fast as it ought to be. The audiences love it anyways and that is what it takes at the end of the day.