He is consistently voted by enthusiasts, analysts and Formula One professionals alike as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Lauda did not just display speed, but a bravery far beyond anything F1 had seen after that crash at the Nurburgring.
Despite suffering third degree burns and falling into a coma as a result of his injuries, Lauda returned to racing only 6 weeks later and finished that race in 4th.
Now serving as the non-executive chairman of three-time world champions Mercedes AMG Petronas, Lauda is still closely involved with the sport he had struggled to join nearly 50 years prior.
Here are 5 things you may not have known about the three-time world champion, who won with both Scuderia Ferrari and McLaren.