Review: Niki Lauda: His Competition History

Niki Lauda’s Formula 1 career is one of the most documented in recent history, but Niki Lauda: His Competition History goes to new levels of detail.

Any Formula 1 fan will be familiar with Lauda’s three world championships, his rivalry with James Hunt and his infamous accident at the Nurburgring in 1976, but few will be aware of everything that the Austrian achieved throughout his career, including his antics in other racing categories.

In Niki Lauda: His Competition History, author Jon Saltinstall covers every single racing activity Lauda took part in, including his early days competing in hillclimbs and Formula 3, to his hugely successful Formula 1 career, and everything in between.

The 376 paged book could have so easily covered the bare bones of each event, but Saltinstall has gone to an incredible level of detail, providing real insight into not only the kind of man Lauda was throughout his career, but also the journey he went on in each race he competed.

It took nine years to put the book together, and it is clear to see why, as not only has each race been researched in depth, but the author has also collated a photograph for almost every race Lauda took part in.

As you read through the book, you realise it is more than just a factual documentation of the three-time world champion’s career. It is an encyclopaedia on Lauda, and even the biggest of fans will learn new information about the Austrian, like his antics at the 1971 Spanish Formula 2 race where Lauda had failed to qualify for the main race at Jarama and only had a reserve slot for the main grid.

On race day, Lauda noticed that the Pygmee of Jean-Pierre Beltoise had an overheating engine and he could not fire his car up, so 30 seconds before the start, Lauda sneaked past Beltoise to take his place on the back of the grid just as the starting flag was dropped.

The above is an example of just how much research has been carried out by Saltinstall in his quest to provide readers with true insights in to what is a fascinating career and is a must read for any racing fan.

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Book Details

Niki Lauda: His Competition History

Author: Jon Saltinstall

Published: 2019

RRP: £60