Formula One Current Affairs - 2019
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Three-time Formula One (F1) World champion Niki Lauda dies in Vienna at the age of 70. He underwent a lung transplant in August 2018.
About Niki Lauda
- The Austrian national was one of the best known figures in motor racing.
- He was born in Vienna in February 1949 and became a motor racing legend.
- He had won three Formula One (F1) world titles between 1975 and 1984.
- He won the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984.
- He suffered horrific injuries at German Grand Prix (GP) in 1976 and will always be remembered for his remarkable recovery and return to racing after being badly burned in the crash.
- He has overall competed in 171 races and won 25 of them.
- After his retirement he actively pursued business interests including his own airline later served in senior roles at F1 management as non-executive chairman at hugely successful Mercedes team since 2012, where he also helped bring British world champion Lewis Hamilton on board.
Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya, in Barcelona and the Mercedes sealed its fifth consecutive one-two finish.
- At this Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes matched the record of five successive Formula One one-twos. as Lewis Hamilton beat his teammate and pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas.
- It is only the fifth time in Formula One (F1) history that a team has taken top two spaces for five straight races and only third instance of Mercedes achieving feat since 2014.
- Lewis Hamilton overtook his teammate and pole-sitter, Valtteri Bottas at turn one and stayed in front, thus winning Spanish Grand Prix for a third consecutive year.
- This was the five-time and defending champion, L. Hamilton’s 76th career victory. With this win he moved back to the top of drivers’ standings. Ahead of him only Michael Schumacher has more with 91 career victory.
- The second and third places were held by Valtteri Bottas in his Mercedes and Max Verstappen in his Red Bull respectively.
About Spanish Grand Prix
- The Formula One (or F1) is the highest class of single-seater auto racing in which term word “formula” name refers to set of rules which is to be met by all participants’ cars.
- The Spanish Grand Prix is a Formula One (F1) race which was held at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. It has a Circuit length of 4.655 km and Race length of 307.104 km.
- The Grands Prix is the French word for ‘grand prizes’ or ‘great prizes’.