Lauda and the ‘Ring – 30 years on

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the most infamous Grand Prix to be run at Germany’s legendary Nurburgring circuit – that which almost cost Niki Lauda his life, and which would lead to one of the most exciting conclusions to a drivers’ championship that Formula One racing has ever seen.
Before the race at the Nurburgring, 1976 seemed set to be Lauda’s year. Not only was he reigning world champion, having taken the crown with Ferrari in ’75, but he had also got his season off to a flying start. Despite suffering from broken ribs in a tractor accident earlier in the year, Lauda carried a lead of more than 20 points into the German Grand Prix, with Tyrrell’s Jody Scheckter and McLaren’s James Hunt his closest rivals.

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