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Pallbearers carry Niki Lauda's coffin when it arrives on St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday morning. His funeral is expected to attract a large number of stars from the world of Formula 1 and thousands of fans

Hundreds of fans stood in line to pay their final honor to motorcycle racing, amazing Niki Lauda, ​​when he was able to get into St. Stephen's Cathedral in his hometown of Vienna on Wednesday.

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The triple world champion, best remembered for his comeback of a fiery crash in 1976 that severely burned him and signed him for life, died last week at the age of 70.

Members of Lauda & # 39; s family accompanied pallbearers who carried his remains to the Gothic cathedral in the morning. His wife Birgit and two of his sons placed Lauda's red and white helmet on the coffin.

Fans then entered and fell past the coffin that was placed on a platform in the middle of the cathedral.

Stars of Formula One past and present would attend a private Requiem Mass at 1 p.m. (11 hours GMT).

Pallbearers carry Niki Lauda's coffin when it arrives on St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday morning. His funeral is expected to attract a large number of stars from the world of Formula 1 and thousands of fans

Pallbearers carry Niki Lauda's coffin when it arrives on St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday morning. His funeral is expected to attract a large number of stars from the world of Formula 1 and thousands of fans

Son Lukas places Niki Lauda & # 39; s Formula One helmet on his coffin on the altar of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Lauda had two sons with the first wife Marlene Knaus - Mathias, herself a driver, and Lukas, who acted as manager of Mathias
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Son Lukas places Niki Lauda & # 39; s Formula One helmet on his coffin on the altar of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Lauda had two sons with the first wife Marlene Knaus - Mathias, herself a driver, and Lukas, who acted as manager of Mathias

Son Lukas places Niki Lauda & # 39; s Formula One helmet on his coffin on the altar of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Lauda had two sons with the first wife Marlene Knaus – Mathias, herself a driver, and Lukas, who acted as manager of Mathias

Lauda, ​​who died on May 20 at the age of 70, was laid in a closed box covered with his racing helmet in the center of the cathedral

Lauda, ​​who died on May 20 at the age of 70, was laid in a closed box covered with his racing helmet in the center of the cathedral

Lauda, ​​who died on May 20 at the age of 70, was laid in a closed box covered with his racing helmet in the center of the cathedral

Thousands of fans could stand patiently in line, despite torrential showers outside the famous old church in the center of Vienna

Thousands of fans could stand patiently in line, despite torrential showers outside the famous old church in the center of Vienna

Thousands of fans could stand patiently in line, despite torrential showers outside the famous old church in the center of Vienna

Lauda & # 39; s former McLaren teammate Alain Prost will give a lecture from the Old Testament during the private ceremony, said the Archdiocese of Vienna.

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Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton – who rode to victory on Sunday in the Monaco Grand Prix in a helmet with Lauda & # 39; s colors and name – must also join the congregation.

Co-Austrian driver Gerhard Berger, Austrian-born star Arnold Schwarzenegger and two Austrian dignitaries – President Alexander Van der Bellen and recently driven Chancellor Sebastian Kurz – will give short speeches at the end of the service.

The triple world champion is grieved all over the world

The triple world champion is grieved all over the world

The triple world champion is grieved all over the world

Photos showed that his close family arrived early Wednesday morning with the coffin, hours before the main event.

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Lauda won the drivers' championship for drivers in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and in 1984 with McLaren.

Even after his career as a driver, the Austrian remained a fixture on the circuit. Most recently, as a non-executive chairman at Mercedes F1 since 2012, he was instrumental in bringing in Hamilton, which was a success for the team.

Lewis Hamilton, who won the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, said after his victory: & that was for you, Niki. Your fighting spirit was on the move at every step. I know you look down and take your hat off for us. I miss you, we really miss you and I hope we made you proud today, legend, & # 39; placed Hamilton on Twitter after the race.

A total of around 300 VIP guests are expected to attend the massive Wednesday, with 800 additional seats and 3,000 standing seats open to the general public.

Songs are played during Mass, including & # 39; Amazing Grace & # 39 ;, & # 39; Fast Car & # 39; from Tracy Chapman, John Lennon & # 39; s & # 39; Imagine & # 39; and & # 39; Hero & # 39; from Family Of The Year.

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Lauda, ​​who had been struggling with health problems since he miraculously survived a racing accident in 1976 where his car went up in flames, died at Zurich University Hospital in Switzerland, nine months after undergoing a lung transplant.

Lauda, ​​recognized by its distinctive red hood that hides scars from the Nuerburgring accident in Germany, also underwent kidney transplants.

One of the kidneys was donated by Birgit Wetzinger, a former flight attendant, who later married the racer and businessman and with whom he had twins in 2009, a boy and a girl.

Lauda also had three other sons from previous relationships.

In addition to racing, Lauda & # 39; s second passion was aviation. He then founded and sold several airlines with his latest, Laudamotion, to Ryanair in 2018.

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It is not clear where Lauda will be laid to rest. The family reportedly refused an offer from the city of Vienna for a & # 39; grave of honor & # 39; to receive at the large central cemetery of the city.

A fan with a Ferrari t-shirt stands in the rain outside St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna while waiting to receive his respect

A fan with a Ferrari t-shirt stands in the rain outside St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna while waiting to receive his respect

A fan with a Ferrari t-shirt stands in the rain outside St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna while waiting to receive his respect

A mourning person wearing one of Lauda's red hats takes off his hat as he shoots past the coffin of the Formula 1 legend on Wednesday morning

A mourning person wearing one of Lauda's red hats takes off his hat as he shoots past the coffin of the Formula 1 legend on Wednesday morning

A mourning person wearing one of Lauda's red hats takes off his hat as he shoots past the coffin of the Formula 1 legend on Wednesday morning

Lauda, ​​who had been struggling with health problems since he miraculously survived a racing accident in 1976 where his car went up in flames, died at Zurich University Hospital in Switzerland, nine months after undergoing a lung transplant. On the photo: fans are stacking past his coffin

Lauda, ​​who had been struggling with health problems since he miraculously survived a racing accident in 1976 where his car went up in flames, died at Zurich University Hospital in Switzerland, nine months after undergoing a lung transplant. On the photo: fans are stacking past his coffin

Lauda, ​​who had been struggling with health problems since he miraculously survived a racing accident in 1976 where his car went up in flames, died at Zurich University Hospital in Switzerland, nine months after undergoing a lung transplant. On the photo: fans are stacking past his coffin

Later on Wednesday, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen will give a eulogy in the church for the man who was considered one of the greatest Austrian athletes and public characters who ever lived

Later on Wednesday, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen will give a eulogy in the church for the man who was considered one of the greatest Austrian athletes and public characters who ever lived

Later on Wednesday, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen will give a eulogy in the church for the man who was considered one of the greatest Austrian athletes and public characters who ever lived

Niki Lauda & # 39; s widow Birgit attends his funeral, alongside the sons of the champion. The former world champion had a total of four sons and one daughter

Niki Lauda & # 39; s widow Birgit attends his funeral, alongside the sons of the champion. The former world champion had a total of four sons and one daughter

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Niki Lauda & # 39; s widow Birgit attends his funeral, alongside the sons of the champion. The former world champion had a total of four sons and one daughter

Austrian media have reported that Lewis Hamilton, along with other Formula 1 heavyweights, such as Bernie Ecclestone and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, will come to mourn Lauda, ​​who won the World Championship for drivers in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and in 1984 with McLaren.

Austrian media have reported that Lewis Hamilton, along with other Formula 1 heavyweights, such as Bernie Ecclestone and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, will come to mourn Lauda, ​​who won the World Championship for drivers in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and in 1984 with McLaren.

Austrian media have reported that Lewis Hamilton, along with other Formula 1 heavyweights, such as Bernie Ecclestone and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, will come to mourn Lauda, ​​who won the World Championship for drivers in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari and in 1984 with McLaren.

Photos of the triple world champion adorned the church as fans and family flocked to show their respect to Niki Lauda

Photos of the triple world champion adorned the church as fans and family flocked to show their respect to Niki Lauda

Photos of the triple world champion adorned the church as fans and family flocked to show their respect to Niki Lauda

Wednesday's ceremony was the first time a sportswoman was placed in the cathedral, an honor that was previously awarded to prominent personalities such as the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Franz Koenig and the former crown prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Otto von Habsburg
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Wednesday's ceremony was the first time a sportswoman was placed in the cathedral, an honor that was previously awarded to prominent personalities such as the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Franz Koenig and the former crown prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Otto von Habsburg

Wednesday's ceremony was the first time a sportswoman was placed in the cathedral, an honor that was previously awarded to prominent personalities such as the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Franz Koenig and the former crown prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Otto von Habsburg

Even after his career as a driver, the Austrian remained a fixture on the circuit. Most recently, as a non-executive chairman at Mercedes F1 since 2012, he was instrumental in bringing in Hamilton, which led to a success for the team

Even after his career as a driver, the Austrian remained a fixture on the circuit. Most recently, as a non-executive chairman at Mercedes F1 since 2012, he was instrumental in bringing in Hamilton, which led to a success for the team

Even after his career as a driver, the Austrian remained a fixture on the circuit. Most recently, as a non-executive chairman at Mercedes F1 since 2012, he was instrumental in bringing in Hamilton, which led to a success for the team

A total of around 300 VIP guests are expected to attend the massive Wednesday, with 800 additional seats and 3,000 standing seats open to the general public.

A total of around 300 VIP guests are expected to attend the massive Wednesday, with 800 additional seats and 3,000 standing seats open to the general public.

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A total of around 300 VIP guests are expected to attend the massive Wednesday, with 800 additional seats and 3,000 standing seats open to the general public.

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