Thousands gathered in the pouring rain to bid their final farewell to Austrian national hero and an F1 great Niki Lauda at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna’s historic city center, today, Wednesday, 29 May.
The coffin of a three-time F1 world champion was carried by his family into the cathedral, before mourners laid flowers and said their final goodbyes.
Lauda, who died on May 20 at the age of 70, won the drivers’ world championship with Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and with McLaren in 1984.
The racer’s widow Birgit and two of his sons placed the racer’s helmet on top of the casket next to the flower wreaths and a portrait of the Austrian legend.
Imre Varga, 63, traveled all the way from Hungary to attend the ceremony. She told the AFP: “During the Iron Curtain he was always a role model for us… He was unreachable, like a God, to us.
The funeral will be held in private and details haven’t been published. The public mass will take place later today, with some 500 VIP guests expected to attend, including F1 big names such as Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes chief Toto Wolff.